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University of Maryland Medical Center
Baltimore, Maryland -- On March 8, 2006, at 5 pm, EST, the University of Maryland Heart Center’s division of cardiac surgery presented a webcast of a CryoMaze procedure, which uses cryoablation to surgically treat atrial fibrillation (AF). Surgeon James Gammie, M.D., an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, demonstrate this method of using CryoCath’s Argon-powered cold probe to create electrical barriers in the upper chamber of the heart. By freezing the atrial tissue for about a minute, electrical activity is permanently blocked. Research data suggests that 85 to 90 percent of patients are cured of AF following this procedure.
“We have taken an aggressive stance toward the treatment of atrial fibrillation in patients requiring cardiac surgery – our approach is to perform the CryoMaze procedure on any patient with AF who needs heart surgery,” explains Dr. Gammie.
This webcast is supported in part by an educational grant(s) from CryoCath Technologies Inc. Dr. Gammie is a consultant to CryoCath, serving on its surgical advisory board. He also has received an unrestricted research grant from CryoCath.