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Department of External Affairs
Office of Public Affairs
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2012
Contact: Carolann Martines

Associate Writer

(516) 663-2234

cmartines@winthrop.org


WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OFFERS LONG ISLAND’S FIRST CRYOABLATION TECHNOLOGY TO TREAT COMMON FORM OF ATRIAL FIBRILLATION


Arctic Front® Cryoballoon
Physicians at Winthrop-University Hospital are the first on Long Island offering the Arctic Front® Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter system, the first and only cryoballoon in the United States indicated to treat certain cases of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF), a serious heart rhythm disorder that affects millions of Americans. PAF is a type of atrial fibrillation in which irregular heartbeats in the upper chambers start and stop suddenly on their own, usually for minutes or days at a time.

Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the innovative cryoballoon treatment involves a minimally-invasive procedure that efficiently scars or kills the tissue that is causing the erratic electrical signals that lead to the irregular heartbeat. Winthrop physicians have been utilizing cryoablation since October 2011 and have performed over 20 procedures to-date.

Unlike traditional ablation treatments that use radiofrequency, or heat, to destroy faulty electrical circuits in the heart, the balloon-based technology of Arctic Front is novel because it dissolves cardiac tissue through

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