HealthWatch: New Catheter Atrial Flutter


Green Bay (WFRV) An Atrial Flutter is an abnormal heartbeat. If not corrected it can cause stroke or even heart failure. So it is important to get patients back on the right beat.

Ronald Wolf is 79 years young. Two and a half years ago his heart had him racing to the hospital

"You just feel like your heart is racing, you feel weak and light headed," said Ronald Wolf, patient.

Ronald had an abnormal heart rhythm called Arterial Flutter.

"A flutter is an arrhythmia where there is a short circuit in the electrical activity of the right upper chamber," said Dr. Mohamed Rahman, Electrophysiologist, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

Ronald went to Aurora BayCare Medical Center and had a heart ablation procedure using a ThermoCool Catheter, "If you put a catheter up here and if you put lesions and drag the lesions all the way, the electrical activation is unable to jump over this line of block," explained Dr. Rahman.

Which stops the abnormal rhythm. It helped stop Ronald's racing heart. "Then everything is normal and it's beating evenly, you don't notice anything racing or anything like that," said Ronald.

Everything was going great for Ronald until this past February.

"It appears he had a reactivation of some spot within that area," said Dr. Rahman.

Causing another atrial flutter. So Dr. Rahman performed another heart ablation using the ThermoCool Catheter-- but this time it had an added Smart Touch feature.

"When you have the contact force catheter up against the tissue we knew that we were exerting the appropriate amount of pressure on the tip rather than behind or elsewhere. And when we had appropriate contact within a few lesions we were able to terminate the flutter," explained Dr. Rahman.

And it raises the chances of success. Ronald says he's doing better the second time around.

"Seemed your heart is more regular. With the old equipment, every once in awhile your heart will still flutter and I hadn't had any now. Since this new one they took me off the blood thinners, just an aspirin regimen now," said Ronald.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center was the first in the state to use this new technology.


To learn more you can call Aurora BayCare at 866-938-0035 or email <





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