Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"Electrophysiology" - Avera Heart Hospital, Sioux Falls, moves from treatment toward cures...

The two medical systems headquartered here in Sioux Falls are doing some exciting research along with the fine care they provide. An earlier post noted Sanford Health's international team to seek a cure for Type-1 (Juvenile) Diabetes.

At Avera Heart Hospital, Doctors specializing in electrophysiology are using knowledge of the human body's flow of electricity to actually solve cardiac problems.

Mohama performed an ablation, using a wire inside a tube-like catheter to reach Van Ginkel's heart and burn away tissue that had created a dangerous pathway for electricity...

A healthy heart runs on a flow of electricity from current coursing nonstop through the body. Heart tissue, however, can grow at the subatomic level in a way that blocks the flow and forces the current to find a secondary route. That can create an electrical short, and with electricity looping away from the desirable path...

...a recipe for fatigue or stroke... Under such conditions, "the heart does not squeeze blood effectively, blood stagnates and clots can form..."

Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study
and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of
disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit,
that by their ministries the health of the community may be
promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen. The Book of Common Prayer, 1979

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