She’s back on the (heart)beat, thanks to breakthrough tech
Nine-year-old girl with arrhythmia gets help from Dell Children’s.
On Valentine’s Day, 9-year-old Sophia Dahlberg of Austin walked into Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas to get the arrhythmia in her heart fixed. A new technology, the Abbott EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system, allowed doctors to map the electrical workings of her heart in ways they had not been able to do before.
The technology was approved by the Food and Drug Adminis- tration in December. Dell Children’s became the third pediatric center to install it and the first in Texas. Procedures began at the end of January, and patients all over Texas have been treated.
Dell Children’s is the third pediatric center in the country to use what Dr. Daniel Shmorhun calls a “precious software upgrade.” The pediatric electrophysiologist at Children’s Cardiology Associates did Sophia’s procedure.
Chris Dahlberg hugs his daughter Sophia, 9, during a media event Monday at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Thanks to new heart-mapping technology approved in December by the FDA and now available at Dell Children’s, Sophia had successful surgery to correct a heart arrhythmia that has affected her life since age 5.
Dr. Daniel Shmorhun performed the procedure on Sophia’s heart after using the Abbott EnSite Precision system. The technology let Shmorhun see how electricity was moving through the heart.