A patient was treated for fast palpitations using an innovative new procedure at Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital
21 February 2023| Last updated on 28 February 2023
The minimally invasive procedure was performed at Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital in Abu Dhabi.
A 45 year old patient was successfully treated at Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital for fast and irregular heart rhythm using extreme cold energy to freeze heart cells that are responsible for triggering abnormal heart rhythm.
The patient was suffering from cardiomyopathy, a disease that makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood into the rest of the body.
The abnormal fast heart rhythm, called atrial fibrillation (AF), was making the heart even weaker. Treating the fast heart rate allowed the heart function to improve.
This freezing technology was used to destroy cells in the areas of the heart which are responsible for triggering the irregular heartbeat in order to restore and maintain the normal heart rhythm.
"After stabilising the patient, we successfully performed a two-hour procedure under local anaesthesia," said Dr. Moutaz Elkadri, Consultant Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist at Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital, Abu Dhabi.
He added: "Through a small access point to the vein, a catheter was introduced inside the heart into the left atrium, after which 'freezes' or extremely cold energy that may drop to -60 degrees Celsius, was sent to the four veins in the heart which are responsible for carrying blood from the lungs into the heart."
How soon is the recovery time?
Patients undergoing this procedure may start to walk four hours post procedure and are normally discharged the very next day. This procedure is a testament to the hospital’s commitment to using innovative technologies that offer optimal results for its patients.
It is worth mentioning that the hospital has recently opened two Catheterisation laboratories equipped with cutting edge technologies. One of them is dedicated to treating coronary cases including patients with heart attacks or blocked coronary arteries.
The second Catheterisation laboratory is a hybrid laboratory, utilised to perform advanced cardiac surgery, implantation of aortic valve via catheter technology, complex electrophysiology studies for all cases of heart rhythm conditions using 3D mapping technology and the latest implantable cardiac devices.
In addition, the cath lab provides treatment for complex peripheral intervention and catheter based therapy for end stage renal failure patients.