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Kent Cardiac Arrhythmia Service Performs First Catheter Ablation
07/19/2012

Kent Hospital is proud to announce it has recently performed its first catheter ablation procedure. This procedure is used to treat abnormal rapid heart rates (cardiac arrhythmias). Catheter ablation for cardiac arrhythmias involves a minimally invasive approach that utilizes catheters temporarily placed in veins in the leg to gain access to the heart. These catheters can be used to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythm problems. At the end of the procedure, all of the catheters are removed.

"The catheter ablation procedure is an excellent option for appropriately selected patients who suffer from episodes of abnormal heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmias)," said Bruce A. Koplan, MD, MPH, FACC, director of Kent Hospital's cardiac arrhythmia service and a member of Affinity Physicians, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "In this case, the catheter ablation procedure was used to treat a recurrent irregular heartbeat. These procedures have been used successfully to treat a number of different types of cardiac arrhythmias and we are excited to bring this catheter-based procedure to Kent Hospital's cardiology department."

Said Sandra L. Coletta, Kent Hospital's president and CEO, "This is very exciting news for Kent Hospital, but more importantly for the people of our community who have serious cardiac health issues and can now be successfully treated right here in Warwick. The expansion of our services is a testament to the skilled physicians and staff as well as our partnership with Brigham and Women's Hospital. Together, this growth is only beginning and I look forward to more exciting developments in the near future."

The outpatient cardiac arrhythmia service at Kent provides consultative services including assessment for catheter ablation for arrhythmia procedures and evaluation and follow-up of pacemakers and implantable defibrillators. The cardiac arrhythmia service strengthens Kent's existing pacemaker service while offering for the first time, defibrillator implantation, cardiac resynchronization therapy and consultative services for advance management of cardiac arrhythmias.

To make an appointment with the cardiac arrhythmia service at Kent Hospital please call 401-681-4996.

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