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Advanced Treatment for Chronic Atrial Fibrillation

April 1, 2009
7:00 PM EDT
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From Montefiore-Einstein Heart Center in New York

Atrial fibrillation currently effects 2.2 million people in the U.S. and because our population is aging, this number will continue to rise over the next several years. "Atrial Fibrillation is an epidemic," says Andrew Krumerman, MD, attending physician and assistant professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Atrial Fibrillation occurs when the atrium (upper part of the heart) begins to beat rapidly causing the ventricles (beating chambers of the heart) to beat in an irregular fashion. This frequently causes palpitation and shortness of breath. The primary danger associated with this condition is  MORE...
Atrial fibrillation currently effects 2.2 million people in the U.S. and because our population is aging, this number will continue to rise over the next several years. "Atrial Fibrillation is an epidemic," says Andrew Krumerman, MD, attending physician and assistant professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Atrial Fibrillation occurs when the atrium (upper part of the heart) begins to beat rapidly causing the ventricles (beating chambers of the heart) to beat in an irregular fashion. This frequently causes palpitation and shortness of breath. The primary danger associated with this condition is stroke."

On April 1 at 7:00pm Eastern time, Montefiore-Einstein Heart Center will present a live webcast of a Left Atrial Catheter Ablation for treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation. Dr. Andrew Krumerman will moderate the webcast and he will be joined by John D. Fisher, MD, director Montefiore-Einstein Heart Center's Arrhythmia program and Eugene C. Palma, M.D., director of Montefiore's East Division Arrhythmia program.

Left Atrial Catheter Ablation is a treatment for patients who have not responded to drug therapy. "More than 95% of the triggers that initiate atrial fibrillation arise from the pulmonary venous-left atrial junction. Multiple studies have demonstrated that elimination of these electrical triggers results in restoration of normal sinus rhythm," explains Dr. Krumerman. "85% of patients with intermittent (paroxysmal) atrial fibrillation can expect to be cured by this treatment."

In addition to the exceptional medical staff, The Montefiore-Einstein Heart Center's legendary Arrhythmia and Pacemaker services are equipped with cutting edge tools for performing complex catheter ablation, device implantation and extraction.

Viewers will be able to email live questions to the doctors during the webcast.

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