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Brain aneurysm treatment shows potential as heart disorder therapy

15th March 2013

A technique normally employed in treating brain aneurysms has shown potential in addressing life-threatening irregular heart rhythms in a new study.

Scientists at the University of California – Los Angeles have utilised the minimally invasive technique known as coil embolisation to treat ventricular tachycardia, a severe form of arrhythmia that causes a dangerous rapid heartbeat.

By guiding tiny soft-metal coils into the arteries, the team was able to cut off the blood supply to the region where the arrhythmia originated in order to stop it.

It is hoped that this method could provide a new treatment option for patients with this particular heart condition, for which there are currently few available therapy choices.

Dr Gary Duckwiler, a professor of radiological sciences at the Geffen School of Medicine, said: "We are seeing more crossover into different medical specialties of these cutting-edge techniques that are able to target and navigate delicate areas in the body, such as the brain and heart."

In the UK, the most common heart rhythm disturbance is atrial fibrillation, which affects up to 500,000 people.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801557493-ADNFCR

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