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Venice doctor uses 3D technology in new heart procedure

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The Centers for Disease Control says nearly three million Americans suffer with a condition called 'atrial fibrillation'

It's a type of irregular heartbeat that puts patients at a higher risk for stroke. But doctors at Venice Regional Medical Center have an innovative solution called ‘Catheter Ablation.'

Call it the rhythm of life

'Atrial fibrillation' is the most common type of irregular heartbeat. Sufferers from atrial fibrillation complain of constant weakness, palpitations and dizziness.

High blood pressure is one of the common causes of this disease.

Patients who have it are at a high risk for stroke, and doctors say there are not a lot of successful treatments for it.

Doctor Dilip Mathew from Venice Regional Medical Center said, "Traditionally we have used medications to improve this condition but medication has not be that effective."

So on a Thursday morning, Doctor Dilip Mathew is treating the condition with a process called ‘catheter ablation.'

This is a brand new $1.5 million dollar lab at Venice regional medical center.

The machine scans the catheter and completes a 3D map, virtually eliminating the need for x-ray.

Mathew said, "Using too much x-ray or radiation is not good for the patient or the physician."

Once the catheter is inside, the doctor detects the source of the irregular heartbeat. And with a tap of a foot petal he blasts heat energy at the abnormal tissues that's causing the problem.

Doctors say this method is highly effective. Mathew said, "Overall the outlook looks better with this form of therapy than medication."

And the patients are ready to go home the next day. It's a relatively quick fix for a potentially dangerous problem.

This procedure is also available in the Tampa and Sarasota area.

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