PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, December 14, 2015

New treatment for irregular heartbeat

SANTA BARABARA- Atrial fibrillation, also known as Afib, is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

New procedures are now offered at the Heart and Vascular Center at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital that can offer relief for those who suffer from a specific type of condition called “persistent Afib.”

The new procedures are called the “Maze” and “Hybrid Maze.” These minimally invasive procedures do not require a large incision in the chest or a heart-lung machine. Instead, a cardiac surgeon makes small keyhole incisions between the ribs to insert a catheter that is guided to the outside area of the heart. Here, the surgeon makes a number of small incisions to form scar tissue that disrupts the path of the abnormal electrical impulses that can cause Afib.

The second step involves a minimally-invasive catheter ablation performed by an electrophysiologist who creates more scar lines inside the upper chambers of the heart, called the atria, to block the electrical impulses.

Studies show that the Hybrid Maze offers as high as a 90 percent cure rate for Afib, as well as a faster recovery compared to more invasive methods or catheter ablation by itself.

To find out more, attend the FREE Meet the Doc event at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Light refreshments will be available.

Speakers:  Greg Cogert, MD, FACC, Cardiac Electrophysiologist; and Don Thomas, MD, FACS, Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Date & Time: Tuesday, Dec 8th 6-7:30pm

Place: Burtness Auditorium, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (enter at Bath St. lobby)

To register for the FREE event, please call: 1-844-51-HEART

About Cottage Health
The not-for-profit Cottage Health is the leader in providing advanced medical care to the Central Coast region. Our specialties include the Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Level 2 Trauma Center, Neuroscience Institute, Heart & Vascular Center, Center for Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation Hospital. Our medical staff is comprised of more than 700 physicians, including many subspecialists found at academic medical centers. Last year, the Cottage Health hospitals in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley provided inpatient care for 20,000 people, treated 72,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,400 newborns.


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