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Atrium Medical Center Launches Full-Service Electrophysiology Lab to Diagnose and Treat Electrical Problems of the Heart

Middletown, Ohio, August 3, 2011—Atrium Medical Center now offers a full-service Electrophysiology (EP) Lab, expanding diagnostic and treatment options for patients with an irregular heartbeat. Commonly caused by electrical irregularities in the heart, an abnormal heartbeat can indicate a serious cardiac condition. Electrophysiology procedures enable physicians to study the heart’s electrical activity, locate the source of abnormal heart rhythms and determine the most appropriate treatment – from medicine to implantable devices to surgery.  

“Our EP Lab represents an important aspect of advanced cardiac care that is now close to home for our community. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, and we will continue to improve local access to high quality cardiac care,” says Carol Turner, president and CEO of Atrium Medical Center. Atrium’s advanced heart services range from open-heart surgery and interventional cardiology to the new EP Lab and the only accredited Chest Pain Center in Butler and Warren counties.

Sandeep Gupta, MD, medical director of Cardiology at Atrium and a fellowship-trained cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology, performed the EP lab’s first procedure on a patient suffering from atrial flutter. Atrial flutter is an abnormality of the heart rhythm, resulting in a rapid heartbeat – complications of which can include blood clots and stroke.

“For years, we have been able to implant pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators to manage arrhythmias. But now with our new EP Lab, we can offer significantly more,” Dr. Gupta says. “For example, with coordinated imaging technology, we can create a three-dimensional map of a patient’s heart. That gives us very precise guidance to locate and ablate or scar a small area of tissue so it cannot conduct or sustain an irregular heartbeat. Without this technology, that approach could be much more difficult in some areas of the heart or could require extensive surgery. Currently, we are offering ablation for cardiac arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation.”

In addition to offering patients minimally invasive procedures with quick recovery times, the new EP Lab also provides patients alternatives to traditional treatments of medication, which can have significant side effects, or procedures to shock the heart back to normal rhythm.

EP procedures are performed in Atrium Medical Center’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Members of the dedicated electrophysiology team completed extensive training in preparation for the Lab’s opening.

Learn more about Atrium’s Heart Care services.