Arctic Front Advance™ Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System

New Option for the Treatment of A-Fib

Catheter ablation is a procedure that can be used when medication fails to control atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), an irregular quivering or rapid heart rhythm in the upper chambers (atria) of the heart. A-Fib is an increasingly common, yet serious heart rhythm disorder that can cause the heart rate to jump to high rates or beat erratically without warning. As a result of the quivering rhythm in the heart’s muscle, its chambers may not completely empty, blood may pool, and clots may form. Treating atrial fibrillation is important, because it may cause unpleasant symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, and weakness, or increase the risk of stroke and other serious complications. 

A-Fib may be successfully managed with medication. However, when the episodes interfere with quality of life, or increase the risks of serious complications a more permanent solution may be sought.

The goal of catheter ablation is to stop unwanted electrical currents from traveling from their source, the pulmonary veins, and spreading to the upper chambers of the heart. The pulmonary veins are large blood vessels that carry blood from the lungs to the left atrium. Conventional ablation treatments use radio frequencies, and repeated applications of a “point-to-point” procedure to create multiple, small lesions in an attempt to form a continuous line of scar tissue necessary to eliminate the source of erratic electrical signals in the heart.

First in Dayton with “Cool,” Revolutionary Ablation Technology 

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Medtronic, Inc.

Cryoablation is a therapy that uses the removal of heat from tissue to treat cardiac arrhythmias. In September 2013, Dayton Heart and Vascular Hospital at Good Samaritan (closed in 2018) became the first hospital in Dayton to treat patients with the new, minimally-invasive Arctic Front Advance™ Cardiac Cryoballoon System. 

As its name indicates, the System delivers a refrigerant through an inflatable balloon to freeze tissue. The shape of the balloon allows electrophysiologists to create a continuous line of scar tissue all the way around the source of erratic electrical signals in an efficient manner, and disable unwanted electrical circuits that contribute to atrial fibrillation Shorter procedures and less time under anesthesia are two advantages cryoablation may offer patients. 

Click play to watch an animated video that depicts the ablation procedure using the Arctic Front Advance™ CryoAblation catheter.


Next Steps

If you have an abnormal heart rhythm and would like to learn more about the Arctic Front Advance™ CryoAblation, please call (937) 734-8660(937) 734-8660, or send an e-mail to

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Content Updated: July 24, 2018

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