Florida Hospital Tampa is First in West and Central Florida to Perform New "LARIAT" Cardiology Procedure

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Dr. Dilip J. Mathew will perform new minimally-invasive procedure which eliminates blood clots, a major cause of heart-related stroke

The LARIAT Device

The LARIAT works as a lasso that circles around the left atrial appendage and prevents blood clot formation... thus reducing the chance of stroke from

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The Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, located at Florida Hospital Tampa, is the first in west and central Florida and one of only a few in the nation to treat patients with a new catheter-based procedure that uses sutures to tie off the left atrial appendage (LAA). The LAA is known to be a major source of blood clots. These blood clots can lead to a stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib). In the past, standard treatments have included medications along with atrial pacemakers. Now, there is a new minimally invasive surgical treatment called the LARIAT procedure to help prevent these blood clots from occurring.

“The LARIAT works as a lasso that circles around the left atrial appendage and prevents blood clot formation and migration from the heart chambers and thus reducing the chance of stroke from –Afib,” explains Dr. Dilip J. Mathew, Cardiologist with Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute. “This procedure will significantly benefit patients with -AFib who suffer from side effects related to blood thinners. The best candidates for this procedure are patients who have intracranial or gastro-intestinal bleeds but are still at risk for stroke,” says Dr. Mathew. This week, Dr. Mathew will be performing the LARIAT procedure on four patients. According to the American Heart Association, about 3 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with AFib. It’s the most common cardiac arrhythmia, also known as an abnormal heart rhythm. It can result in shortness of breath, fainting and chest discomfort. During AFib, the left atrial appendage stops rhythmically contracting which can cause the blood inside to clot. If pieces of the clot break off, they can go to the brain and cause blockage of blood vessels, resulting in a stroke.

The LARIAT is a minimally invasive procedure that enables remote suture closure without major surgery. It’s a lasso type of device that is guided into place by magnets, in order to encircle an appendage on the heart’s left side. After the magnets attach, the device is put in place and then tightened. This completes the operation, starving the left appendage of blood flow. This procedure helps facilitate a normalized heart blood flow. The LARIAT Suture Delivery Device is made by SentreHeart based in Palo Alto, California. It can be used with access routes ranging from 4mm and larger and is compatible with a variety of imaging techniques. The LARIAT is approved by the FDA for use in soft tissue ligation and approximation procedures.

“The Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute is on the leading edge and continues to expand our cardiovascular program by offering the very latest in minimally invasive procedures right here in Tampa Bay,” says Dr. Charles Lambert, Medical Director of Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute.

About Florida Hospital Tampa
Florida Hospital Tampa is a not-for-profit 475-bed tertiary hospital specializing in cardiovascular medicine, neuroscience, orthopaedics, women’s services, pediatrics, oncology, endocrinology, bariatrics, wound healing, sleep medicine and general surgery including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures. Also located at Florida Hospital Tampa is the renowned Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, a recognized leader in cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and leading-edge research. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 22 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FHTampa.org.

About Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute
Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute is a free-standing cardiovascular institute providing comprehensive cardiovascular care with over 76,000 angioplasty procedures and 11,000 open-heart surgeries in the Tampa Bay region. Leading the way with the first accredited chest pain emergency room in Tampa Bay, the institute is among an elite few in the state of Florida chosen to perform the ground breaking Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure. It is also a HeartCaring designated provider and a Larry King Cardiac Foundation Hospital. Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute, affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), are exploring and conducting leading-edge research to develop break-through treatments long before they are available in most other hospitals. To learn more, visit http://www.FHPepin.org.

About SentreHEART, Inc
SentreHEART, INC is a privately held company founded in 2005 and based in Palto Alto, California. SentreHEART develops products for soft tissue exclusion, diagnostic procedures and specialty guide wires. For more information please call 650-354-1200 or email info(at)sentreheart(dot)com

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