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New Non-Invasive Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation Safer, More Effective

Updated: Thursday, March 27 2014, 09:03 AM EDT

Millions of people are living with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke or heart attack. Treating the dangerous condition usually means going under the knife --- until now.

A new groundbreaking procedure can have patients back home the same day.

Baltimore’s Sinai is one of three hospitals in the country offering a new treatment called Cryoablation. Unlike traditional treatments Cryoablation is non-invasive, requiring only a small puncture site for the catheter.

"We can inflate a balloon inside the heart which touches all the signals at once and freezes them, gets rid of the trigger," Sinai's Dr. Jeffrey Banker explained. "It makes the procedure much quicker, much safer."

Patients can be back at home the same day and back at work a day later. While the procedure is faster and safer, it's also proven to be more effective, with a 73% success rate. It's a major improvement over traditional drug therapies, which fail for about half of all a-fib patients.

New Non-Invasive Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation Safer, More Effective


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