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Pioneering technique to correct arrhythmias in the Vithas Parque San Antonio Hospital

May 19, 2014

Vithas  San Antonio Hospital has successfully implemented a pioneer treatment for complex arrhythmias, which eliminates the use of pacemakers. This action can access the path of the heart affected with high degree of accuracy, keeping intact the healthy areas and increasing patient safety during surgery, as it is reversible. This is the first operation of its kind to be performed in a private hospital in Malaga.

The managing director of this hospital , Jaime Muñoz Tamara , stressed that "in the Vithas Parque San Antonio Hospital we apply the latest technological advances in medicine that allow our doctors to perform pioneering projects such as this , which has been a success " . " This way, we fulfill our main objective, which is to improve the quality of life and welfare of the patient," he said.

The technique, called cryoablation , is the application of nitrogen at 60 degrees Celsius for heart annular pathways that cause the arrhythmia or tachycardia . According to Javier Alzueta , cardiologist at Vithas Parque San Antonio Hospital, the advantage of the method , compared to techniques using radiofrequency to treat heart disease , is the safety to treat only the affected areas and prevent irreversible damage to the conduction system. The process takes place in several phases.

Another advantage of the cryoablation practiced in San Antonio Vithas Park Hospital is the possibility to recover the blocked paths by applying heat, a technique that can increase patient safety during surgery and optimal outcome. First, the affected area is accessed through the femoral vein with a catheter to locate the pathway that produces tachycardia, he said. Then after determining the affected area, nitrogen applied at 60 degrees Celsius for blocking, verifying that the heart has an appropriate and correct rhythm.

The case treated ​​in the Vithas Parque San Antonio Hospital consisted of a cryoablation intervention on a patient with a problem of arrhythmia, in which the anomalous pathway was glued to the normal conduction system .