#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Heart Rhythm Abnormalities – Dr. Hugh Calkins

#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Heart Rhythm Abnormalities – Dr. Hugh Calkins


>>Nearly one in five Americans will develop an abnormal heart rhythm. These heart rhythm
abnormalities may be benign, or can cause people to get light headed, pass out, or even die suddenly. I am Hugh Calkins, and I am a cardiologist. Over the past three decades, my research has focused on developing and perfecting a noninvasive technique called catheter ablation to treat heart rhythm abnormalities. During catheter ablation, the doctor threads several
plastic coated wires from the leg to the heart, which when hooked to a computer can diagnose the heart rhythm problem. And then, in the same procedure we can burn places in the heart to
treat the condition. Today, most types of
heart rhythm abnormalities are treated with a three
hour outpatient procedure. And we are working tirelessly to achieve these outcomes for patients with even the
most complex conditions.

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