Cardiac Arrhythmias are common medical conditions in which the heart beats irregularly and inefficiently. Electrical signals that flow through the heart regulate each heartbeat. When these signals misfire or travel through the heart in a poor manner, the heartbeat becomes uncoordinated and no longer efficiently pumps blood through the body.
Tens of millions of individuals suffer from arrhythmias. There are different types of arrhythmias and their symptoms and health risks vary. When left untreated, arrhythmias may significantly increase the risk of stroke, heart failure, and sudden cardiac arrest.
The primary therapies prescribed to arrhythmia patients include pharmaceuticals, implanted devices, and cardiac ablation procedures. Cardiac ablation is a well-established treatment for arrhythmias with nearly one million procedures performed each year. This minimally-invasive procedure involves a catheter being navigated through the blood vessels into the heart. The catheter then delivers energy to precise parts of the heart muscle, normalizing the electrical signals and returning the heart to normal healthy rhythm.