Of all the sophisticated machines that run on electricity, the most important is the one beating inside your chest right now.
Your heart uses its own electrical system to start up every single beat. As far as features of the human body go, it’s pretty fascinating, actually.
But even the most fascinating systems can break down. If there’s a power leak or surge in there? If a connection goes bad? Suddenly, you have a problem — one that will have you calling a cardiologist, not an electrician.
“When ‘current’ leaks out, extra heartbeats happen, the heart starts going too fast and arrhythmias occur,” explains Dr. Christopher Piorkowski, Chief Medical Officer of Electrophysiology at Abbott.
It often leads to the most common type of irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation, or AFib, for short.
In certain cases, you might need a procedure called cardiac ablation to treat AFib. Otherwise, your overworked heart could lead you down the road to heart failure. (If you’re already living with heart failure when AFib strikes, the risks to your health get even more serious.)
Which brings us to our news: We’re testing a promising new technology in a global clinical trial, our Volt pulsed-field ablation (PFA) catheter. We believe it could make a huge difference for people suffering from irregular heartbeats due to AFib.