Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) in the United States. In this podcast, Dr. James Gammie, a cardiac surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, describes new, cutting edge treatments. Listeners will learn about the CryoMaze procedure, which University of Maryland Heart Center surgeons are now using to treat atrial fibrillation.
With the CryoMaze procedure, surgeons use a cold probe to freeze tissue that is causing abnormal electrical activity in the heart, which cures the condition. University of Maryland Heart Center physicians are performing CryoMaze in a minimally invasive way, using a videoscopic, or keyhole approach, which leads to a much faster recovery for patients. It is often performed along with mitral valve repair surgery. In this interview with Michelle Murray, Dr. Gammie also talks about other treatments for this type of irregular heartbeat.