MUMC offers new cardiac freezing technology

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah is the first and only facility in southeast Georgia to offer a new innovative treatment for heart rhythm disorders, according to the hospital.

Arctic Fron Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System, developed by Medtronic Inc., was just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December. Cardiologist Dr. Mark Jenkins, performed the first Arctic Front procedure at Memorial in January and was one of the first physicians in the U.S. on the procedure, according to MUMC.

The Arctic Front system is used to treat of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, which is a serious heart rhythm disorder that results in irregular heartbeats. If left untreated, the disorder can increase the risk of stroke and heart disease.

"The value of the new cryoablation technology over existing methods is that it enables us to safely and effectively isolate the pulmonary veins via a simple, efficient approach," said Jenkins, in a statement. "The new procedure is also faster and seems to provide faster recovery for patients."

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