Subscriber invites world to watch leading-edge cardiac procedure

Thursday, January 12, 2012 – HIROC NOW News
Natalie Hamilton

A Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) subscriber recently invited a worldwide audience into its cardiac lab to witness a procedure that’s less invasive and safer for patients.

Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ont. shared its best practices globally in the interest of helping advance safer healthcare for all cardiac patients.

“Many general practitioners and specialists have no idea of the leading-edge procedures we do here in Southlake’s cardiac electrophysiology lab and by sharing our expertise with such a wide audience, we’re helping to unravel the mystery that surrounds arrhythmia,” says Dr. Yaariv Khaykin, one of three of the hospital’s cardiologists who participated in the webcasts, in a news release.

“The more healthcare providers we can educate about this technique, the more patients will benefit.”

Using an Internet-based live broadcast, the hospital demonstrated minimally- invasive ways to treat arrhythmia.

Southlake showed how it uses new generation radiofrequency and three-dimensional mapping technology to target and burn areas in heart tissue that cause rhythm problems. The procedure is beneficial to people with common forms of arrhythmia because it means less exposure to X-rays, shorter wait times and faster recovery times, Khaykin notes.

More than 200 medical professionals from Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Israel, Australia and other parts of the world tuned in recently for the live broadcasts.

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