March 22, 2006 07:15 ET

REMINDER: Presents: Pediatric Cardiac Cryoablation Procedure to Cure 6-Year-Old Girl's Rapid Heart Beat Discussed Live From Akron Children's Hospital

Live Webcast: March 22nd, 2006 5:00 P.M. EST (22:00:00 UTC)

AKRON, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 22, 2006 --The sporadic nature of irregular heart rhythms offers many challenges for patients and their families. Although usually not life-threatening, rapid heart rates, called tachycardia, can be very disruptive to affected children and their families.

Tune in to on March 22 at 5 p.m. for a one-hour live Webcast that premiers video of a 6-year-old girl undergoing a cryoablation procedure to correct her rapid heart rhythm and an interactive, live panel discussion about the procedure. Panelists include Akron Children's Hospital's Arrhythmia Center Director John Clark, M.D., Associate Director Grace Smith, M.D., and the patient and family.

Cardiac cryoablation procedures are performed by threading electrode catheters -- long, slender flexible wires -- into the heart to map or locate the precise area of the heart that is causing the arrhythmia. Once an electrophysiologist -- a cardiologist specializing in heart rhythm disorders -- identifies the source of the arrhythmia, he destroys the abnormal heart tissue by freezing it off with nitrous oxide.

"Cardiac catheter ablations permanently cure tachycardia in the majority of patients who undergo it," Dr. Clark said. "For these patients, they no longer have to take medications, and they can resume a normal, active lifestyle."

With the use of 3-D mapping technology, the cardiologists at Akron Children's Hospital have been able to minimize x-ray exposure to patients undergoing ablations, and as in this Webcast, eliminate it altogether.

Akron Children's Hospital contracted with slp3D, a Connecticut-based healthcare Internet broadcasting company, to premier four procedure or surgery Webcasts in 2006. Other Webcasts will feature a minimally invasive reconstruction surgery of a knee ligament injury; an interventional repair of an atrial septal defect (ASD), commonly referred to as a "hole in the heart"; and a scoliosis surgery. For more information about Akron Children's Hospital's Arrhythmia Center and treatment options for children and teens who have irregular heart rhythms, visit and enter SVT as the keyword.

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