Boca Raton Regional Hospital Using New Technology To Map Irregular Heart Rhythms Non-Invasively

BOCA RATON, FL – August 1, 2017 – Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the first in Florida and one of only five centers nationally to non-invasively map irregular heartbeats in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias who have not responded adequately to medication or prior ablation procedures. Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure or other heart-related complications. A total of 2.7 to 6.1 million Americans are living with the condition.

The Medtronic CardioInsight™ Noninvasive 3D Mapping System, introduced at Boca Regional by Murray Rosenbaum, MD, Director of Electrophysiology at the Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute and was first used in February of this year on an 84-year-old patient.

The system uses a 252-electrode sensor vest that is worn by the patient to match body surface electrical data with heart anatomy. The non-invasive technology creates 3D electro-anatomic maps of the heart by collecting electrocardiogram (ECG) signals from the chest, and combining these signals with data from a computed tomography (CT) scan of the heart. The vest technology contours to the patient’s body and allows for continuous and simultaneous panoramic mapping of both atria or both ventricles non-invasively prior to the procedure. The 3D maps can be created by capturing a single heartbeat and enable rapid mapping of these heart rhythms.

“This non-invasive mapping system has streamlined the clinical planning process for specialists like myself and has made it easy for patients to receive exquisite mapping results right at the bedside,” said Dr. Rosenbaum. “The technology allows mapping of certain arrhythmias with high accuracy prior to entering the cath lab so that the entire procedure can be planned before touching the patient.”

The most important role, Dr. Rosenbaum emphasized, is the fact that this technology offers a chance to rid atrial fibrillation when no other treatment is effective. This includes cases where initial ablation has failed, or in cases of persistent or chronic atrial fibrillation.

CardioInsight has the ability to locate with great precision what are called cardiac rotors. These points in the heart’s electrical system are analogous to the eye of a hurricane; around which electrical activity called initiating spirals rotate causing the arrhythmia. Using this new mapping technology, the electrophysiologist can position an ablation catheter on the rotor centers. In some cases a single ablation can terminate the atrial fibrillation and restore the heart to normal rhythm. With conventional treatment, hours of ablation over a large area of the heart are needed, and results
worldwide have been disappointing.

“The advantages of this new technology are material,” noted Dr. Rosenbaum. “It is a major paradigm shift in how we manage patients with chronic AFib and allows us to be more efficient and achieve better outcomes.”

The Medtronic CardioInsight Noninvasive 3D Mapping System at Boca Regional was made possible through a generous philanthropic gift by Ronald H. and Joanne Willens.

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Advancing the boundaries of medicine.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center ( with 400 beds and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff. The Hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, women’s health, emergency medicine and the neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

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Boca Raton asks court to toss third attempt at lawsuit over Chabad synagogue project

Two Boca Raton residents are trying for a third time to sue the city over a pending synagogue project in one of the city’s busiest areas.

Boca Raton is asking for the court to dismiss the lawsuit a third time after Gerald Gagliardi and Kathleen MacDougall challenged the legality of the project.

The two residents accuse Boca officials of bending land-use rules for a religious facility that they say would be a burden to neighbors.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra threw out the lawsuit in March after dismissing it last summer, but Gagliardi and MacDougall filed an appeal in June. Their lawyers were not immediately available for comment Monday.

“It is past time to drop the legal shenanigans and let Boca Raton welcome the Chabad into the community,” Daniel Blomberg, a lawyer representing the Chabad of Boca Raton, said in a news release Monday.

City officials approved site plans in the summer of 2015 for the Chabad of East Boca’s $10 million, 18,000-square-foot synagogue and museum that was supposed to go into less than an acre at 770 E. Palmetto Park Road, a piece of undeveloped land east of the Intracoastal Waterway.

The beachside project, dubbed the Boca Beach Chabad and My Israel Center, gained approval by the city after the Chabad’s founder Rabbi Ruvi New

debuted the project in early 2015.

In response, Gagliardi and MacDougall, who live less than a mile from the site, sued the city in February 2016 claiming the city had given the Chabad special treatment. They also said the project would cause traffic and parking headaches for nearby residents.

More than a hundred people showed up to the initial Planning and Zoning Board meetings last year, some expressing similar concerns.

Due to a separate lawsuit by a neighboring real estate firm, a judge shot down the Chabad’s design for the synagogue and its museum. As of now, it is unclear when the project will move forward.

Bank robbery suspect arrested in Boca Raton

Bank robbery suspect arrested in Boca Raton. (MGN)

Boca Raton police arrested a suspect in an early morning bank robbery.

The robbery happened at the Valley National Bank on North Federal Highway.

Boca Raton Police say officers arrested the suspect along Spanish River Boulevard.

No word yet on whether the suspect had a weapon during the bank robbery. Check back for more information as it becomes available.