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Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Treats its First Atrial Fibrillation Patient with Pulsed Field Ablation

March 25, 2024

Breakthrough in cardiac electrophysiology brings innovative solutions for patients

Morristown, New Jersey, March 25, 2024 – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center announced the treatment of its first patient using the new Medtronic PulseSelect™ Pulsed Field Ablation (PFA) System – a breakthrough technology that uses pulsed electric fields to treat patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Among the early adopters in the U.S., the procedure was performed by Jonathan S. Sussman, MD and his team. Atrial fibrillation is a progressive condition that affects more than 59 million people worldwide, and according to the American Heart Association, more than 12 million Americans are expected to develop AFib by the end of the decade. Without early intervention, AFib can progress, becoming more sustained over time and is associated with a higher rate of cardiovascular admissions, heart failure, and mortality along with a reduced quality of life.

“AFib is one of the most common abnormal heart rhythms that can have life-threatening consequences if left untreated. Our patients research and actively seek out the latest advancements when it comes to treating AFib,” said Jonathan Sussman, MD, cardiac electrophysiologist at Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System. “We are thrilled to bring this breakthrough technology as an innovative solution for our patients.”

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the PulseSelect PFA system delivers pulsed electric fields through an ablation catheter designed specifically to interrupt irregular electrical pathways in the heart that trigger AFib. Current ablation technologies rely on thermal effects to target cardiac tissue and risk damage to additional collateral structures in the heart. PFA is a breakthrough ablation technology that uses pulsed electric fields to efficiently isolate the pulmonary veins. This approach can result in lowering the risk of collateral tissue damage during treatment.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of 20,000 team members and 5,440 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 14 counties and 7.5 million people. The not-for-profit system offers more than 550 sites of care, including its seven hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ, Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Madison, NJ and through its partnership with CentraState Healthcare System in Freehold, NJ.

The system includes Atlantic Medical Group, part of a physician enterprise that makes up one of the largest multispecialty practices in New Jersey with more than 1,600 physicians and advance practice providers. Joined with Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners they form part of Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network of more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs through 24 urgent care centers, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere Virtual Visits. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of six regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across five health systems in the region.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.