March 07, 2005 10:13 ET Presents: Catheter Ablation - A Nonsurgical Procedure to Treat Atrial Fibrillation, a Common Heart Rhythm Abnormality

Live Webcast: Tuesday, April 5, 2005, 4pm CT, 5pm ET (21:00 UTC)

MARSHFIELD, WI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2005 -- Arrhythmias are among the most common disorders of the heart. On April 5 from 4 - 5 p.m. CT, Marshfield Clinic Electrophysiologists on staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin, will demonstrate a nonsurgical procedure to treat atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia in a live webcast on

The procedure, known as a catheter ablation, is performed on patients with specific types of atrial fibrillation. John Hayes, MD, Chair of Cardiology for Marshfield Clinic and Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, will perform an electrophysiology study followed by the ablation. Peter Smith, MD, will assist with the procedure. Humberto Vidaillet, MD, and Param Sharma, MD, will provide additional commentary during the broadcast. All are Electrophysiologists at Marshfield Clinic and Saint Joseph's Hospital. "The goal of the procedure is to completely eliminate artial fibrillation and therefore eliminate the need for medication," comments Dr. Hayes.

In 2004, Marshfield Clinic interventional cardiologists on staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital performed more than 3,550 diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures and more than 950 procedures to diagnose and treat arrhythmias, including ablations and placements of implantable cardioverter defibrillators and pacemakers. Electrophysiology is part of the comprehensive heart care program available in Marshfield. Physicians on staff also specialize in pediatric cardiology, women and heart disease as well as minimally invasive options for the treatment of heart disease. For the third consecutive year, Saint Joseph's has been named by Solucient as one of the nation's top 100 hospitals for heart care.

Saint Joseph's Hospital is a 500-plus bed tertiary care teaching institution. As the largest rural referral medical center in Wisconsin, it provides health care, including all major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, to an ever-increasing service area in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

Marshfield Clinic, founded in 1916 in Marshfield, Wisconsin, is an integrated health care delivery system consisting of 38 patient care, research and education facilities throughout Wisconsin, making it one of the largest comprehensive medical systems in the United States.

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