AURORA, Colo. (Dec. 9, 2009) – University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) is the first hospital in the state of Colorado where patients can get the benefits of a new advanced imaging technology used in treating cardiac arrhythmias, commonly known as irregular heart rhythms.

“Cardiac electrophysiology is a field that has made tremendous technological advances and has allowed us to effectively cure cardiac arrhythmias that were untreatable five or 10 years ago,” said William Sauer, MD, director of cardiac electrophysiology at UCH. “The technological advances include the improved imaging and mapping technologies we are using today.”

The new three-dimensional imaging system, called the CARTO® 3 Navigation System, allows UCH physicians to quickly and accurately visualize cardiac anatomy. The system will be especially useful in the treatment of atrial fibrillation, or afib, the most common type of irregular heart rhythm in the United States.

UCH performs more complex arrhythmia ablation procedures than any other hospital in the region and this new technology will be beneficial to patients who have the procedure. The ablation procedure finds and eliminates areas of faulty electrical flow in the heart that disturb normal heart rhythms.

Physicians have used the new imaging system for ablation of ventricular fibrillation and atrial fibrillation procedures.

“This advance in technology gives UCH another weapon in our arsenal for treating the most complex cardiac cases including ventricular arrhythmias which can lead to sudden cardiac death, and atrial fibrillation,” said Sauer.

The University of Colorado Hospital is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading academic medical center, and has been recognized as one of the United States’ best hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report. It is best known as an innovator in patient care and often as one of the first hospitals to bring new medicine to patients’ bedsides. Located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the hospital’s physicians are all affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, part of the University of Colorado system. For more information, visit the CU Denver Newsroom.

Contact: Erika Matich 720.848.7852, [email protected]

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