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Oct 22: Memorial Offers New Mini Maze Procedure

For Immediate Release

October 22, 2007

Memorial Health System is at the forefront in treating atrial fibrillation, a common, but serious heart condition, in which the heart’s electrical system begins to malfunction, resulting in an irregular heartbeat. Memorial’s Cardiothoracic Surgeon Burt Fowler, M.D. is treating this condition using a new minimally-invasive surgical Mini Maze procedure using advanced AtriCure ablation technology. This new procedure offers a high outcome success rate unmatched by other treatment options. Memorial is one of only 100 hospitals nationwide offering the new procedure.

Fowler, says, “It burns a roadblock, if you will, between the pulmonary veins and the left atrium. The abnormal electrical activity still occurs obviously, we're not doing anything about that, but now we're keeping it from reaching the left atrium. The Mini Maze surgery takes about an hour, with a two-to-four day hospital recovery."

Teri Rose, who had the Mini Maze procedure in 2006 says, "I feel much better all the time, I sleep better, I can exercise longer, I don't have to take naps during the day and I'm off the medication."

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For more information, please contact Memorial Health System’s Public Relations Office at (719) 365-5235.