The deep cold can bring a life back to a normal beat through new technology for treating heart mummers...BD
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- More than two million people live with heart arrhythmias, or an irregular heart beat. It can leave people exhausted and cause strokes and even heart attacks. Now, a new procedure is using extreme cold to freeze hearts back into rhythm. For the past decade, Peter Nyquist’s heart beat has not felt or sounded like a normal, healthy heart.
"Instead of a constant boom, boom, boom in your chest, it would be boom … boom, boom, ba, ba, ba. Everything was out of beat," Nyquist told Ivanhoe.
A long, thin tube is inserted through a leg vein and threaded to the heart. Catheter cryoablation uses intense cold, minus 90 degrees Celsius, to destroy the heart tissue that is causing the irregular rhythm.
"Our goal is to identify where the origin of the abnormal rhythm is coming from and to specifically target that focus for destruction," Dr. Kerwin says.