Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health, is the first in South Florida to use a novel ablation system to help treat select patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The new technology called the DiamondTemp™ Ablation (DTA) system is the first FDA-approved, temperature-controlled, irrigated radiofrequency (RF) ablation system with diamonds currently available to deliver ablations. Murray Rosenbaum, MD is the first electrophysiologist to use this new technology at the hospital.
“With the DiamondTemp system, we are now able to offer our patients a comprehensive set of arrhythmia solutions, which is particularly important for those paroxysmal AF patients who are not responsive to drug therapy,” said Dr. Rosenbaum, electrophysiologist on staff at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health. “We always strive to deliver high-quality patient care, and this innovative technology is another step forward in providing our patients with the latest clinical advancements to manage their cardiac conditions.”
AF is one of the most common and undertreated heart rhythm disorders, affecting more than 37 million people worldwide. A heart in AF beats significantly faster than a normal heartbeat meaning blood is not pumped completely out of the atria and may pool and clot. When left untreated, AF patients have a five times higher chance of having a stroke, and an increased chance of developing heart failure.
AF ablation using radiofrequency (RF) energy is a minimally invasive approach used to create scar tissue, using heat, to interrupt irregular electrical signals in the heart and restore normal heart rhythm.
The DTA system provides an ablation solution for patients with recurrent, symptomatic paroxysmal AF and who are unresponsive to drug therapy. The DTA catheter is embedded with industrial-grade diamonds, which have 200-400 times greater thermal conductivity when compared to materials used in conventional RF ablation catheters
As the only open-irrigated catheter with industrial diamonds to optimize power based on tissue temperature, the DTA system is safe and effective and has demonstrated procedural efficiencies when compared to conventional contact force-sensing RF catheters.
About Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, 25,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.
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