Heart doctors at Sentara Heart Hospital can now look inside the beating hearts of patients involved in an investigational study. Researchers at Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute are among 23 leading heart centers in the U.S. involved in a randomized clinical study to test a new device called HeartLight ®. The HeartLight Endoscopic Ablation System uses a laser to treat atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder affecting about 2.3 million people in the U.S.
The purpose of the study is to test the safety and effectiveness of this device in treating intermittent atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beats .
Among those who have seen into a beating heart is Ian Woollett, M.D. a cardiologist who specializes in the heart’s electrical system.
“It’s phenomenal to see inside a beating heart,” says Dr. Woollett, who is the principal investigator of the study at Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute. “Actually seeing the inside a beating heart in real time is very different from anything I’d ever imagined,” he continues.
“As a leading heart center in the nation, we’re pleased to offer this treatment to our atrial fibrillation patients who are part of this study and to contribute to the knowledge that could change heart care for more A-fib patients around the globe,” he continues.