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The Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David’s Medical Center is one of the world’s preeminent centers dedicated to the latest treatment advances for correcting abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias, such as Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib).

Recently, David Burkhardt, M.D., an electrophysiologist at TCAI, and Javier Otero, M.D., a cardiologist who practices at St. David’s Medical Center, treated a patient with a new, implantable defibrillator.

The patient, a 46-year-old man with no previous heart conditions, underwent an ablation procedure to treat his arrhythmia. After his procedure, doctors required him to wear a Zoll LifeVest for three months while his heart healed. During this time, his arrhythmia caused his heart to stop beating. Fortunately, the Zoll LifeVest shocked his heart back into rhythm. As a result of these technologies, the patient is doing well today.

KVUE-TV recently interviewed the man about his procedure and the Zoll LifeVest that saved his life. To view the story, click here.

This year, TCAI was among the first in the United States to implant the Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System in a patient. The Reveal LINQ ICM is the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available. The procedure was performed by Andrea Natale, M.D., a cardiac electrophysiologist and executive medical director of TCAI.

Time Warner Cable News recently interviewed a TCAI patient about his experience with this new technology. Click here to watch the story.

Additionally, earlier this year, a 42-year-old man was given life-saving CPR by his 12-year-old daughter after he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. She performed CPR on her father for 12 minutes before emergency crews arrived.

Due to the quick action of this teen—and exceptional care provided by Rodney Horton, M.D., and Robert Canby, M.D., both electrophysiologists at TCAI—the patient is alive and in great shape today. He has since undergone cardiac rehabilitation and surgery to implant a cardiac defibrillator.

The Austin American-Statesman recently wrote about the heroic efforts of the 12-year-old girl who saved her father’s life. To read the full article, click here.

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