Another method for treating atrial fibrillation is radiofrequency (RF) ablation using the Phased RF Catheter Ablation System. Phased RF catheters use precisely controlled heat energy to terminate the abnormal electrical signals in the heart that contribute to atrial fibrillation.
The Phased RF Catheter Ablation System provides a safe, effective, efficient and straightforward method of treating atrial fibrillation. Over 30,000 patients in more than 150 centers worldwide have been treated with the Phased RF Catheter Ablation System. The unique catheter designs of the Pulmonary Vein Ablation Catheter® (PVAC GOLD), the Multi-Array Septal Catheter® (MASC), and the Multi-Array Ablation Catheter® (MAAC) allow physicians to quickly and efficiently reach and treat the sites of unwanted electrical currents which trigger atrial fibrillation.
Many patients who are treated with RF catheter ablation experience a welcome improvement in their quality of life as unpleasant symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, and weakness lessen or disappear. As with any medical procedure, there are benefits and risks associated with catheter ablation. Your doctor can help you decide if catheter ablation is right for you.
The PVAC GOLD was designed by electrophysiologists to perform pulmonary vein isolation. This is a technique that targets the tissue in the heart where the veins and the atria connect and prevents it from spreading the abnormal electrical currents that cause atrial fibrillation. The PVAC GOLD can be used for treating paroxysmal or persistent AF.
The MASC was designed by electrophysiologists to treat the upper septum, or the wall that separates the left atrium from the right atrium of the heart. Like pulmonary veins, the septum can also be associated with abnormal electrical signals that cause atrial fibrillation. The MASC is used in patients with persistent AF.
The MAAC was designed by electrophysiologists to treat the areas of the left upper chamber (atrium) of the heart that can be associated with abnormal electrical signals that cause atrial fibrillation. The MAAC is used in patients with persistent AF.
The GENius multi-channel RF ablation generator is designed to provide energy for RF ablation catheters in the treatment of certain types of rhythm disorders of the heart. The GENius is capable of providing duty-cycled, phased RF energy, which is particularly useful for cardiac ablation procedures. It is used with the PVAC GOLD, MASC, and MAAC for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.
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