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Physicians at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Perform First Ablation in Chicago Area Using New TactiCath Catheter

News Release: November 24, 2014

Physicians at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Perform First Ablation in
Chicago Area Using New TactiCath Catheter

Hinsdale- Electrophysiologists at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital are the first physicians in the Chicago area to perform an ablation procedure using the new TactiCath Quartz ablation catheter manufactured by St. Jude Medical, Inc.

Andrew Lawrence M.D., and Francisco Aguilar, M.D. used the catheter to treat a patient for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) earlier this month. AF is an abnormal heart rhythm that is associated with palpitations, chest pain and congestive heart failure. It is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm in the U.S. with an estimated 2.7 million people impacted.

The TactiCath Quartz ablation catheter is a thin, flexible catheter used to treat irregular heartbeats that impair the heart’s ability to effectively pump blood throughout the body. Electrophysiologists use the catheter to deliver radiofrequency energy, also called ablation, to areas of the heart that cause the abnormal rhythm.

The TactiCath Quartz ablation catheter, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in October, gives electrophysiologists the ability to monitor the amount of force a catheter tip exerts on the layer of tissue that lines the chambers of the heart. The TactiCath Quartz contact-force technology was designed to provide electrophysiologists with more control to modify that force during ablation procedures in order to create more effective lesions for patients being treated for AF. The technology is also associated with a reduction in the rate of AF recurrence.

“Using the TactiCath Quartz ablation catheter gives us the precision we need to apply just the right amount of pressure to create an effective lesion on the heart,” said Dr. Lawrence. “If too little pressure is used, the condition can return. Too much pressure can injure the heart wall tissue and lead to complications.”

“Acquiring the TactiCath ablation catheter is part of our continuing commitment to provide the best possible care for our patients in our state-of-the-art facility,” said Jessica Paisker, manager of the cardiac cath lab at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “We anticipate using this latest technology will help us to maintain and exceed our excellent outcomes.”

The Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute is one of the only facilities in the western suburbs to offer cardiac rhythm monitoring in its electrophysiology lab.

Call Adventist Hinsdale Hospital at (630) 856-7500 for more information or to find a physician. St. Jude Medical, Inc. is a global medical device company headquartered in St. Paul, Minn.


Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit

Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.

Media contact: Julie Busch, regional director, Communications, Adventist Midwest Health,; (630) 856-2353.