Gifts of Wellness
The patients and communities that we serve are the focus of everything that MidMichigan Health does. It is our donors that have helped provide the means to make that happen.
We’ve seen it by witnessing how donor support funded a four-story patient tower and emergency department in Alma, provided state-of-the-art surgical services to the residents of Clare, allowed hospice patients to live their remaining days at home surrounded by their loved ones, provided a mammography unit with digital capabilities for women in Gladwin being screened for breast cancer, and enabled Midland residents to stay close to home to receive emergency heart care.
There is truly magic in people joining together to make a difference.
As a way of saying thank you, MidMichigan Health has established a donor recognition program. Donations given to any affiliate of MidMichigan Health during the calendar year (beginning Jan. 1 through Dec. 31) are now added together to calculate a donor's distinct level of giving and corresponding recognition.
We offer our sincere gratitude to each and every one of our donors – for it will be through gifts of care, courage, compassion, strength, hope and healing – that Wellness will continue.
The MidMichigan Health Foundation is raising support to add additional technology to MidMichigan’s overall heart and vascular program. Called a cardiac mapping and ablation system, this technology will more precisely pinpoint electrical disturbances within the heart using 3-D mapping and an ablation system to restore the patient to normal heart rhythm.
New Cardiac Mapping and Ablation System for Treating Heart Rhythm Disorders
Problems with the heart’s electrical impulses (heart arrhythmias) may cause it to beat too fast, too slowly, or erratically, leading to dizziness, uncomfortable sensations, shortness of breath or other issues. Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of heart arrhythmia. When a person has AFib, the normal beating in the upper chambers of the heart (the two atria) is irregular, and blood doesn’t flow as well as it should from the atria to the lower chambers of the heart (the two ventricles).
AFib increases a person’s risk for stroke by four to five times compared with stroke risk for people who do not have AFib. Atrial fibrillation can be treated with medicine. However, if the medicine proves ineffective, a procedure to destroy the area of heart tissue that’s causing the erratic electrical signals and restore your heart to a normal rhythm is recommended.
Cardiac ablation or catheter ablation is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to scar or destroy tissue in your heart that’s allowing incorrect electrical signals to cause an abnormal heart rhythm. Cardiac ablation usually uses long, flexible tubes (catheters) inserted through a vein or artery in your groin and threaded to your heart to deliver energy in the form of heat or extreme cold to modify the tissues in your heart that cause an arrhythmia.
The cardiac mapping and ablation system enables electrophysiologists (EP) to create a real time 3D view of the heart by positioning a catheter to map the electrical activity in the chambers of the hart. Guided by this map, the EP places a catheter into your heart to pinpoint the source of the abnormal electrical signals. Once located, the catheters transmit radiofrequency waves, generating enough heat to produce a small scar on the targeted part of your heart tissue. This process blocks the abnormal electrical impulses causing your heart rhythm disorder.
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