New medical device aids in treatment of cardiac surgery patients

The following device was developed by Dr. Nicholas Von Bergen (UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health) and his Atrility Medical team. We have had the pleasure of working with the Atrility Medical team at D2P.

By Maddie Arthur, WisBusiness

A device created by the team at Atrility Medical helps doctors caring for cardiac surgery patients to quickly and accurately recognize heart rhythm issues following surgery.

After heart surgery, irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias are common and can be difficult to diagnose. Arrhythmias can cause a range of symptoms including chest pain, dizziness and death in some cases.

With more than 400,000 heart surgeries taking place each year in the U.S. alone, Atrility Medical saw the need for a new device to better equip clinicians with the tools to diagnose arrhythmias in cardiac surgery patients.

Its product is AtriAmp, an FDA-cleared device that provides continuous heartbeat monitoring by measuring the electrical signals that cause the heart to beat. This information is displayed on a bedside monitor as an electrocardiogram, which is a graph of the patient’s heartbeat.

Essentially, AtriAmp acts as a “hub” between temporary wires connected to a patient’s heart at the time of surgery, a bedside monitor and if needed, a temporary pacemaker.

What separates the AtriAmp from the current ECG equipment on the market is the quality and timeliness of the information the device provides to doctors. This is because the device attaches to external wires that are connected to the patient’s heart during surgery, which allows for a clear, real-time signal allowing for an arrhythmia diagnosis. Read more …