– Mapping abnormal rhythms of the heart, like Atrial Fibrillation, just got easier at Largo Medical Center. That’s because the hospital is the first in the Greater Tampa Bay Area to have some of the latest technology in 3-dimensional mapping systems. This next-generation system provides automation, flexibility and accuracy for diagnostic mapping used in ablation procedures to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms known as cardiac arrhythmias. Shalin Shah, MD, was the first Largo Medical Center Cardiac Electrophysiologist to perform an ablation procedure using the mapping system at the hospital last week.
“This mapping system is a step above of the rest because it provides physicians highly detailed anatomical models and maps enabling diagnosis of a wider range of arrhythmias, guide therapy and expand procedural options,” said Shalin Shah, MD, Electrophysiologist at Largo Medical Center. “And, yes of course, our first patient is doing quite well thanks in large part to this new technology.”
One of the distinctive features of this cardiac mapping system is that it uses intelligent automation tools, which are designed to enable faster and more accurate high-density maps of the heart. “It also gives people in our community more options when it comes to their healthcare needs while it gives our staff the opportunity to work with more complex patients,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer at Largo Medical Center.
At Largo Medical Center, cardiac electrophysiologists Shalin Shah, MD and Malay Gandhi, MD use the mapping system.
The most common arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation, affecting more than 3 million Americans and millions more worldwide. The heat ablation (radiofrequency energy) that happens while using the mapping system creates a lesion on the tissue where the abnormal heartbeats originate. As a result, the heart tissue can no longer sustain the arrhythmia.
To learn more, or to conduct an interview with Dr. Shah or Mr. Degina, please contact Tammy Robiconti, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Largo Medical Center at 727-348-1896 or Tammy.Robiconti@HCAHealthcare.com<mailto:Tammy.Robiconti@HCAHealthcare.com
About Largo Medical Center
Largo Medical Center is a 425-bed statutory teaching hospital serving Pinellas County from three campuses. The hospital provides Atrial Fibrillation Care at the AFib & Heart Rhythm Centers, Behavioral Healthcare, Breast Healthcare at the Florida Breast Institute, Cardiovascular Services, Clinical Research, Emergency Care at 3 campuses, H2U health and wellness program, Hepatobiliary Care at The Hepatobiliary Center, Imaging and Diagnostic Services, Kidney Transplants at the Transplant Institute of Florida, Limb Saving at the Florida Limb Saving Institute, Orthopedic Care at the Florida Orthopedic Pavilion, Inpatient, Outpatient and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, Robotic Surgery, Sports Medicine Care with the Florida Sports Medicine Center, Spine and Neurologic Care at the Florida Spine & Neuro Center, Surgical Weight Loss/Bariatric Surgery at the Florida Bariatric Centers and Wound Care with Hyperbaric Medicine. Largo Medical Center has an American Osteopathic Association Accredited Graduate Medical Education program that is the West Coast Academic Center for NOVA Southeastern University and is affiliated with the USF Morsani College of Medicine. The hospital is recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, is a Certified Advanced Heart Failure Center and an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. We have an accredited AFib Center, Breast Center, Cancer Care program, Chest Pain Center with PCI, Inpatient Rehabilitation program and Bariatric/Surgical Weight Loss program. Learn more at LargoMedical.com. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.