Florida Hospital North Pinellas Announces Install of Next Generation Cardiac Mapping System

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New technology enables tailored treatment for patients with cardiac arrhythmias

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“We are now able to get a detailed look inside the heart to help us diagnose an arrhythmia and determine the best course of action to successfully manage and treat our patients,” said Dr. Raul Jimenez, a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist at Florida Hospital North Pinellas.

Florida Hospital North Pinellas is the first facility in northern Pinellas county to install the EnSite Precision™ cardiac mapping system, a next-generation platform designed to provide automation, flexibility and accuracy for diagnostic mapping used in ablation procedures to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms (cardiac arrhythmias). The first patient case utilizing this new system occurred on October 23, and Dr. Raul Jimenez performed two cases on December 11 with zero fluoroscopic radiation exposure to the patient.    

When physicians use catheter ablation to treat cardiac arrhythmias, several long, flexible tubes with wires - called catheters - are inserted into the heart. Diagnostic catheters record and “map” electrical information from the heart and the Abbott EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system provides highly detailed anatomical models and maps to enable diagnosis of a wide range of arrhythmias, guide therapy and expand procedural options. Ablation catheters deliver radiofrequency energy. The heat from the catheter creates a lesion or scar on the tissue where the abnormal heartbeats originate. As a result, this tissue is no longer capable of conducting or sustaining the arrhythmia.

“The cardiac mapping system technology is revolutionary and is a great benefit to the patients of Florida Hospital North Pinellas,” said Dr. Raul Jimenez, a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist at Florida Hospital North Pinellas. “We are now able to get a detailed look inside the heart to help us diagnose an arrhythmia and determine the best course of action to successfully manage and treat our patients.”

One of the distinctive features of the EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system is that it uses intelligent automation tools, which are designed to enable faster and more accurate high density maps allowing tailored treatment for a variety of cardiac arrhythmias, including complex cases. The ability to create rapid high-resolution models, speeds up mapping time and minimizes fluoroscopic radiation exposure for both the patient and the clinicians.

Florida Hospital North Pinellas is committed to providing the best cardiovascular care available for our neighbors in Pinellas and Pasco counties. The hospital staffs highly qualified, board-certified electrophysiologists and cardiologists—including expert cardiologists specializing in interventional cardiology. In addition, the hospital is an Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI, which demonstrates a high level of expertise in treating chest pain cases. The hospital has also been nationally recognized and awarded for cardiovascular care including the 2017 Women’s Choice Award - America’s Best Hospitals Heart Care and the 2017 Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus Award by the American Heart Association.

About Florida Hospital North Pinellas
Florida Hospital North Pinellas, located in Tarpon Springs, is a 168-bed, full-service hospital specializing in cardiovascular medicine, emergency medicine, orthopedics, wound healing, sleep medicine, women’s care, and general surgery including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures. Florida Hospital North Pinellas has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, and The Leapfrog Group, for excellence in providing quality patient care. Florida Hospital North Pinellas serves both the Pinellas and Pasco communities of West Central Florida. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 26 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FHNorthPinellas.com.

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