Monday, June 29, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I took a leisurely ride with my friend Dawn down the Coal Creek trail today. I'm moving slower after my ablation last week, but happy to be out none the less.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Boulder Community Hospital (BCH) has the only dedicated EP program in Boulder County. It is one of Colorado’s most sophisticated EP labs with an all-digital biplane cardiac imaging system and a three-dimensional cardiac mapping system. An experienced team of specially trained doctors, nurses and technicians perform all studies and procedures.
The EP study looks at the heart's electrical signals and pinpoints the cause and location of the heart rhythm problem. Performed by certified cardiac specialists, the study diagnoses the arrhythmia and helps identify the best treatment by:
- Predicting the risk of sudden cardiac death and other serious cardiac problems
- Evaluating the effectiveness of using medication to control the heart rhythm disorder
- Determining if an implantable device (for example, a pacemaker), surgery or an EP treatment is required
The procedure involves inserting flexible catheters with platinum electrodes on the tips into a patient’s veins through a small puncture. These catheters are guided through the veins into the chambers of the heart. The electrodes record the heart’s electrical impulses and identify the nature and location of the heart-rhythm problem.
After diagnosis, treatment options are evaluated. Depending on the nature and location of the arrhythmia, treatment may include medication, implanting a defibrillator, surgery or a highly specialized EP procedure.
Our state-of-the-art lab enables us to provide the following specialized EP treatments:
Pulmonary vein isolation ablation – also called pulmonary vein ablation. A doctor delivers energy through catheters to the area of the atria that connects to the pulmonary vein (ostia). This energy (ablation) produces a circular scar that blocks any impulses firing from within the pulmonary vein, thereby "disconnecting" the pathway of the abnormal rhythm and preventing atrial fibrillation. In some cases, pulmonary vein ablation also may be performed in other parts of the heart such as the superior vena cava.
- Radiofrequency ablation – electrical energy is sent to the heart to destroy abnormal tissue that is causing an arrhythmia.
Watch a video to learn more about these procedures from electrophysiologist Sameer Oza, MD. Dr. Oza is one of a few electrophysiologists in the Denver area to offer ablation therapies for hard-to-treat heart rhythm disturbances such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Today we spend our time together differently. We shralp mountains on sleds and bikes, fish, fantasize about what motorcycles we want, download music, discuss and play sports, eat ice cream as often as possible, he's teaching me how to play poker, talk about cars, discuss what it's like to live in this world, hike, and still enjoy looking at flowers together. Lately I have found myself astounded that Trax is a fourteen year old. I'm not sure where that time has disappeared to. Wasn't it just yesterday we were at the Plantation's while he was toddling about trying out his new legs? But I am certain he is 14. He has grown to nearly my height, wears his hair as long as mine at times, is obsessed with sports, occasionally harasses me about what I can and can't wear outside the house, constantly has some means of communication in his hands, and sleeps until noon as often as his busy life allows. So, all of this tells me he is 14. I'm just uncertain how we got here, already. This is all a good reminder for me to fasten my seat belt and enjoy the next four~year~ ride with him to it's fullest!