KMCH launches first-ever cryo-ablation device

A sophisticated cryo-ablation device, which controls the abnormal fast heartbeat, has been introduced for the first time in Tamil Nadu at Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital on Thursday.

Congenital heart defects include heart attack, heart failure, and problems with the valves in the heart. Awareness about timely detection and treatment of irregular heartbeat is low. At the KMCH Hospital on Avinashi Road, Coimbatore, a state-of-the-art cryo-ablation device, which controls the abnormal heartbeat, has been installed.

A press conference was held at the hospital premises regarding the use of this device, which was installed for the first time in Tamil Nadu. In this, Dr Arun Palanichamy, Executive Director of KMCH Hospital said, “Frequent heart palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness and other symptoms can cause blood flow to other parts of the body to stop circulating, and more than 60 million people worldwide have this irregular heartbeat, making them more likely to have a stroke”.

He, therefore, said that this device is installed here to detect and treat irregular heartbeat in a timely manner. Dr Thomas Alexander, a Senior Consultant interventional cardiologist at KMCH, commented, “Nearly 60 million people worldwide are affected by atrial fibrillation (AF)”. He then briefed about the risk factors associated with AF.

Dr M Lawrance Jesuraj, Electrophysiologist at KMCH said, “Cryoablation offers ablation catheters that use cryo (liquid NO2)energy to create lesions through the rapid removal of heat from cardiac cells. This innovative technique has been used to treat more than 1million patients in more than 80 countries.

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