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Protons for treating the ventricular arrhythmia, the first surgery in Pavia
A patient with a ventricular arrhythmia has been treated with a beam of protons that hit, in a targeted manner and with a reduced impact on the delicate surrounding tissues, the part of the heart responsible for the irregular heartbeats. It is the first time you run an intervention of this kind, developed in collaboration with the Fondazione Irccs Policlinico San Matteo, was performed at the Cnao of Pavia as a treatment on a 73-year old patient suffering from a severe form of dilated cardiomyopathy.

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"In this case, a particularly serious situation, it is required the use of a different intervention - stresses, Roberto Rordorf , responsible for the Arrhythmology Unit of Cardiology, Policlinico San Matteo, directed by Luigi Oltrona Visconti -. Also if the radiation therapy with photons has already been used, albeit experimental, and in rare cases to treat some forms of arrhythmia, it has been chosen, this time, to proceed with the protons that provide a far more impact on delicate fabrics surrounding. The intervention of Pavia is the world's first man and the first results are really encouraging. For this reason, together with the Cnao we are evaluating the feasibility of a clinical study on an experimental basis."

The man was transferred to Pavia from a hospital in milan where he was hospitalized for ventricular arrhythmias and repeated cardiac arrests. After the intervention, executed on the 13th of December, was kept under close monitoring at the St. Matthew: a few days ago was discharged from Cardiology in good general conditions, good remuneration for the cardiovascular and it is possible to transfer it at a department for the rehabilitation.

The Project is the National Centre of Oncology Hadrontherapy, one of the 6 facilities in the world equipped with accelerators capable of generating beams of protons and carbon ions, typically used for the treatment of tumors radioresistant and inoperable. "The decision to use the hadrontherapy with protons, the advanced form of radiotherapy for the treatment of tumours, for the treatment of heart disease," reads a press release of the Cnao and St. Matthew - was born of the need to combat a particularly aggressive ventricular arrhythmias who had not responded effectively to traditional treatments, and those more advanced (multiple drugs, ablation invasive by using radiofrequency and thoracic surgery on the nervous system and heart) and that determined in the patient continuous and dangerous cardiac rhythm disturbances".

"For the Cnao is a new - adds Gianluca Vago , president of the National Center of Oncology Hadrontherapy -, but which confirms the extraordinary potential of this form of radiotherapy, even outside of its application in the field of oncology, the vocation of which is born our Centre, and in the spirit of full collaboration with the world of care in the Italian and international soul".

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