Monday, August 08, 2011 - CryoAblation Brings State-of-the-Art Care to Patients at Broward General Medical Center

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Physicians at Broward General Medical Center have added a new interventional technique that provides patients with the most advanced and accurate care in rhythm management.  The new procedure, cryoablation, works to help cure symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, a debilitating and potentially life threatening condition that affects up to five percent of Americans over the age of 60. This irregular and chaotic heart rhythm causes bothersome symptoms to many of its sufferers and promotes clot formation inside the upper heart chambers, potentially causing strokes.

Ahmed  F. Osman, MD, medical director of the cardiac electrophysiology laboratories at BGMC, is one of the earliest adopters of this new technology nationally, implementing it soon after its approval by the FDA in January 2011. Unlike the previous procedure, which involved point by point burning of the endocardial tissues, called radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation is a safer and possibly more effective technique that uses a balloon that is inflated at the junction of the pulmonary veins, where the majority of the triggers for atrial fibrillation are located. Nitrous oxide is then circulated inside the balloon, which freezes a circumferential area of the endocardium in less time and with less potential gaps.

“Cryoablation for early atrial fibrillation has shown to be at least as effective as the standard radiofrequency approach and promises to show better outcomes in the future,” says Dr. Osman. “Our expert team is proud to be the first to offer this advanced curative tool to patients of the Broward Health system.”

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Ahmed  F. Osman, MD