She’s back on the (heart)beat, thanks to break­through tech

Nine-year-old girl with ar­rhyth­mia gets help from Dell Chil­dren’s.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO&STATE - By Ni­cole Vil­lal­pando nvil­lal­pando@states­man.com Heart

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.

PHOTOS BY CATALIN ABAGIU / FOR AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

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.

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