March 17th, 2010

Freezing, Medicating Away a Dangerous Irregular Heart Rhythm

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New data presented at a major cardiology meeting Monday brought mostly good news on atrial fibrillation, the potentially dangerousheart-rhythm abnormal heartbeat that afflicts more than 2 million Americans…

 

One trial described by researcher Dr. Douglas L. Packer, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., used a cryogenic -- frozen-tip -- catheter to treat 245 people with a form of atrial fibrillation in which there are unpredictable episodes of irregular or racing heartbeat.

 

HealthDay, by Ed Edelson, 3/15/2010

 

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Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Douglas L. Packer, irregular heart rhythm

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