AF is the most common heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia), affecting over 2.6 million Americans, with more than 160,000 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. It is caused by abnormal nerve activity in the heart and characterized by a very fast, chaotic rhythm in the atria. Because the electrical impulses being generated in the atrium are rapid and irregular, the atrium cannot contract/squeeze blood effectively into the ventricle. This result in stagnant flow in the atrium that forms a clot and then confers a fivefold increase in the risk of stroke. In the U.S., AF causes more than 70,000 strokes each year.
SHORTAGE OF ELECTROPHYSIOLOGISTS
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NTS procedure can be performed by any CARDIOLOGIST