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New revolutionary procedure to treat atrial fibrillation | Sharp is first hospital on West Coast for clinical study with Biosense Webster Inc.

Sharp Memorial in San Diego is the first hospital on the West Coast to have this revolutionary procedure with Biosense Webster Inc.

SAN DIEGO — Sharp Memorial in San Diego is the first hospital on the West Coast to give you the chance to carry out a revolutionary procedure with Biosense Webster Inc. to treat irregular heartbeat, formally often known as atrial fibrillation (Afib).

“It is definitely a revolutionary approach to the way we treat patients,” mentioned Sharp San Diego Cardiac Center’s Dr. Charles Athill. He says Pulsed Field Ablation is a brand new strategy to treating the situation.

Puled area Ablation makes use of a managed electrical area as a substitute of thermal vitality to ablate and scar cardiac tissue via a course of known as irreversible electroporation (IRE).

“If this turns out to be a good study, it will improve the outcomes for patients with Afib,” mentioned Dr. Athill.

Afib is the commonest sort of cardiac arrhythmia affecting an estimated 33 million folks globally. 

By 2030, the variety of folks with Afib is projected to enhance by 70%.

For Dr. Athill, the guts situation hits shut to dwelling.

“It is absolutely close to home. My dad had Afib and developed one of the most devastating cases and had a stroke and passed away. My brother also has Afib and had a stroke himself,” mentioned Dr. Athill.

That personal expertise is what drives him when treating his sufferers. He says Pulsed Field Ablation has a number of potential advantages.

“It’s effective potentially, appears to be safer in terms of efficiency, and reduces the time for the patient and the physician. Pulse Field Ablation zaps abnormal circuits, but does not cause any damage,” mentioned Athill.

Johnson and Johnson Med Tech introduced that Biosense Webster Inc. enrolled its first few hundred sufferers within the clinical study within the United States. Dr. Athill says round 20 to 30 of these sufferers might be in San Diego. The study will consider its security and effectiveness.

“It is a clinical trial that has not been approved. It started in Europe and that’s where we got promising data on efficiency. We are really excited about bringing this to patients at Sharp Memorial,” mentioned Athill.

The first sufferers within the Biosense Webster Inc. clinical study in San Diego will bear this procedure subsequent week on August ninth. 

Pulse Field Ablation was used to treat Afib for the first time in San Diego County in October 2021 by Scripps Clinic cardiac electrophysiologists working at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Dr. Douglas Gibson and Dr. Nicholas Olson have now handled a complete of 17 Scripps sufferers as a part of an earlier clinical trial testing technology made by Boston Scientific.

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