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Dr. Devi Nair First in the World to Use New, Innovative Heart Catheter

JONESBORO, Ark. This week, Dr. Devi Nair, electrophysiologist at St. Bernards Medical Center, became the first physician in the world to use the TactiCath Quartz ablation catheter, which helps treat patients with atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other complications.

The TactiCath is an advanced, sensor-enabled cathether which provides the electrophysiologist with more accuracy and precision when repairing the heart.

“The new TactiCath contact ablation catheter unites fiber optics, flexibility and 3D mapping,” said Dr. Nair. “The catheter emphasizes accuracy and precision through dual impedance and magnetic technologies designed to precisely model the heart to determine where to apply optimal contact force. I am honored to be part of the global trial and to be the first to use the catheter, and I am proud of my amazing EP team that is as excited as me in delivering cutting-edge technology.”

The TactiCath is part of a global clinical trial to help patients with drug refractory persistent atrial fibrillation.

“Atrial fibrillation is a very common health issue we see here in Northeast Arkansas, so we are excited to bring this new, cutting-edge technique to our patients,” said Connie Hill, vice president of cancer and heart services at St. Bernards. “I am incredibly proud of Dr. Nair and the entire electrophysiology team, who continue to take our program to the next level.”

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St. Bernards Healthcare, a non-profit healthcare system based in Northeast Arkansas, serves as the corporate parent of a number of healthcare entities, including the largest hospital in the region, St. Bernards Medical Center, a 438-bed acute care hospital that serves as a regional referral center for 23 counties in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. It is the only Level III Trauma Center in the region, houses the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the eastern part of Arkansas and has served as the trusted provider of comprehensive, compassionate healthcare services for 118 years. For more information, please visit or call the St. Bernards Healthline at 870.207.7300.

Photo attached - Dr. Nair and the Electrophysiology team at St. Bernards celebrate the use of the new TactiCath ablation catheter.



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