March 2005

Saint Joseph in Lexington Offers New Treatment for Heart Arrhythmia


Saint Joseph Hospital, Lexington, Ky., is the first hospital in the state to perform a new treatment for heart arrhythmia that freezes heart cells in order to restore normal rhythm. The treatment, catheter cryoblation, uses a cold method to destroy certain heart cells that cause irregular heartbeat, rather than the hot method used in traditional ablation. “This new approach to ablation actually minimizes discomfort and reduces risk of complications,” said Michael Antimisiaris, MD. “Cryoblation also provides an improved ‘mapping’ system that provides excellent detail of the problem area to physicians as they work.” For more information, contact Jeff Murphy of Saint Joseph at jmurphy@sjhlex.org.