AUSTIN, Texas—Heart Hospital of Austin recently performed the first successful treatment of a patient using the Safire™ BLU™ Duo ablation catheter. The Safire BLU Duo ablation catheter is the latest in advanced ablation technology, helping physicians treat patients using minimally invasive catheter-based methods to achieve successful outcomes for patients with heart rhythm abnormalities.
Ablation catheters are thin, flexible wires that deliver radiofrequency energy to specific areas of cardiac tissue in order to create lesions, or tiny scars, that interrupt the abnormal electrical signals contributing to heart rhythm abnormalities. The Safire BLU Duo, developed by St. Jude Medical, is an irrigated ablation catheter with dual sets of irrigation ports designed to provide uniform tip cooling and reduce high temperature edge effects, resulting in a safer delivery of ablation therapy.
For patients with heart failure (a common comorbidity with cardiac rhythm disorders), the Safire BLU Duo catheter decreases the risk associated with fluid loading, delivering a substantially lower rate of fluid to the heart. This is important for patients who are struggling with fluid build-up as a result of heart failure, which can be dangerous or even fatal.
“We are excited to be among the first hospitals in the country to use this advanced catheter ablation technology,” Paul R. Coffeen, M.D., an electrophysiologist at Heart Hospital of Austin and with Austin Heart, said. “We strive to use technologies that deliver optimal therapy and result in the best possible outcomes—such as the Safire BLU Duo ablation catheter.”
The Safire BLU Duo catheter is a next-generation irrigated ablation catheter designed to provide exceptional torque response and uniform tip cooling during cardiac ablation procedures. The catheter is bi-directional for easy maneuverability and features 12 irrigation ports—six are distal and six are proximal. In a controlled clinical trial of 188 patients with the 12-hole tip technology, there were zero observations of char or coagulum, a potential complication associated with ablation procedures.
The Safire BLU Duo ablation catheter received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January 2012.
Heart Hospital of Austin
Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Boulevard, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters in January 2012. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, Heart Hospital of Austin is a shared vision of local cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons. Working with hospital leadership, the physicians created an atmosphere of quality, resulting in the leading cardiac program in Texas for six consecutive years as ranked by HealthGrades®—a leading independent health ratings organization. In July 2009, a study funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that Heart Hospital of Austin was the leading hospital in the United States for treatment of a heart attack. Heart Hospital of Austin has also been named a top cardiovascular hospital in the nation by Thomson Reuters for six years, most recently being named to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2011. In addition to providing a full range of cardiovascular services and an advanced Executive Wellness Program, Heart Hospital of Austin has a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department. For more information, please visit HeartHospitalofAustin.com.
Austin Heart is the largest provider of cardiac and vascular services in Central Texas, with 12 full-time office locations, 17 outreach clinics and 45 cardiologists. Austin Heart has been serving the Central Texas area since 1973. Austin Heart’s cardiologists sub-specialize in every diagnostic and treatment area of cardiovascular disease, America’s No. 1 killer—interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, vein disease, sleep disorders, erectile dysfunction, imaging, women’s cardiovascular health and a nationally recognized research department. To learn more about Austin Heart physicians, or to schedule an appointment, visit AustinHeart.com.