Dr. Robert Mazzei of Columbia Heart Clinic is one of the first cardiologists in the country, and the first in the South Carolina midlands to utilize the EnSite Precision™ cardiac mapping system, a next-generation platform designed to provide automation, flexibility and accuracy for diagnostic mapping used in ablation procedures to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms (cardiac arrhythmias). Dr. Robert Mazzei was one of the first cardiologists in the United States to use this technology, which received CE Mark in January 2016 and recently received FDA clearance. Dr. Mazzei first performed the procedure on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Palmetto Richland Hospital.
When physicians use catheter ablation to treat cardiac arrhythmias, several long, flexible tubes with wires – called catheters – are inserted into the heart. Diagnostic catheters record and “map” electrical information from the heart and the Abbott EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system provides highly detailed anatomical models and maps to enable diagnosis of a wide range of arrhythmias, guide therapy and expand procedural options. Ablation catheters deliver radiofrequency energy. The heat from the catheter creates a lesion or scar on the tissue where the abnormal heartbeats originate. As a result, this tissue is no longer capable of conducting or sustaining the arrhythmia.
The most common arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation, affecting more than 3 million Americans and millions more worldwide. Atrial fibrillation, also called AF or Afib, is a very fast, irregular heartbeat that occurs when the upper chambers of the heart beat so fast that they only can quiver. Atrial fibrillation can be dangerous, as over time it can cause more serious conditions such as stroke.
“The Ensite Precision Cardiac Mapping System allows us to get a detailed look inside the heart and opens the door for more minimally invasive complex procedures. We are always working to offer our patients the latest cutting edge services, and the Precision Mapping System technology allows us to collect more precise data in a shorter timeframe and helps minimize radiation exposure to patients,” said Dr. Robert Mazzei.
One of the distinctive features of the EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system is that it uses intelligent automation tools, which are designed to enable faster and more accurate high-density maps allowing tailored treatment for a variety of cardiac arrhythmias, including complex cases. The ability to create rapid high-resolution models, speeds up mapping time and minimizes fluoroscopic radiation exposure for both the patient and the clinicians.