Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) has announced it has expanded cardiac services to include electrophysiology (EP), which is the diagnoses and treatment of heart arrhythmias, or problems related to the heart’s rhythm. Located on the Lawrenceville campus, the expanded program features two state-of-the-art labs, fully dedicated to electrophysiology. This latest addition further rounds out the offerings at the Strickland Heart Center, which opened in January 2012.
“Based on this multi-million dollar investment, we’ve combined technology, technique, and specialized expertise to provide our patients with the highest-quality care," said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of Gwinnett Medical Center. “Our patients can feel assured they've chosen a facility that offers numerous options for treating cardiac arrhythmia, as well as experts who can tailor those treatments for personalized care."
A quivering or irregular heartbeat, also known as an arrhythmia, can lead to annoying palpitations, a racing heart and more serious complications like blood clots, stroke and heart failure. The most common heart irregularity, or cardiac arrhythmia, is called atrial fibrillation (AFib) and is due to a malfunction in the heart's electrical system.
According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 2.7 million Americans are living with such difficulties. As one population ages, the AFib epidemic is expected to worsen. If not diagnosed early and treated, it can led to devastating diagnosis, says Niraj Sharma, M.D., a GMC cardiologist and medical director of electrophysiology.
Some of the electrophysiology services offered at GMC-Lawrenceville include:
“GMC’s commitment to treating cardiac patients and, more specifically, those with heart arrhythmias has been highly impressive,” said Dr. Sharma. His expertise played a key role in the program’s development, including the selection of the most up-to-date equipment available and creation of processes.
According to Dr. Sharma, the equipment was selected with the patient in mind. “The EP X-ray equipment has a unique sensitivity; it provides ultra-low dose imaging. Furthermore because it optimizes multiple cameras at once, the patient’s procedure time is reduced.”
GMC’s highly advanced 3-D mapping systems provide precise topography of the heart. This allows cardiologist to easily pinpoint the arrhythmia, especially in the case of AFib, so the problem is quickly eliminated, thus reducing complications and promoting a very precise diagnosis.
About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC’s 4,800 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org or follow us at facebook.com/gwinnettmedical, twitter.com/gwinnettmedical or youtube.com/gwinnettmedical.