February 28, 2013
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and is recognized as a health concern that may lead to stroke, congestive heart failure and even death. Currently, more than 3 million patients in the United States have atrial fibrillation and those numbers are rapidly increasing.
Provena Covenant Medical Center and Christie Clinic now offer an advanced program for people with atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias. The Heart Rhythm Center provides arrhythmia/electrophysiology care from a team of expert Christie Clinic physicians working with a nurse navigator. A primary component is a new electrophysiology-dedicated Catheterization lab at Provena Covenant with the most advanced cardiac mapping and ablation technology. This type of comprehensive arrhythmia program is only available at a limited number of centers in the countrywith the nearest center located in Chicago.
“We want to provide an option for physicians to help their atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmia patients before the disease progresses to an untreatable state,” states Dr. Abraham Kocheril, Medical Director of the Heart Rhythm Center and Christie Clinic Cardiac Electrophysiologist. “Our medical team is dedicated to working closely with other physicians and colleagues to keep them abreast of their patient’s treatment plan and outcomes.”
Edward Kral, a seventy-one year old patient of Dr. Kocheril’s, underwent an ablation procedure at Provena Covenant Medical Center in January 2012. Mr. Kral was unaware he had an arrhythmia because he could not feel the rapid beats and was not experiencing pain.
“Before the procedure I was diagnosed with low blood pressure, had a resting pulse of 35-36 beats per minute and had fallen into a routine of napping 1-2 hours daily because it was necessary,” said Kral. “I was referred to Dr. Kocheril for this procedure, and he and his team did a superb job. I am a firm believer that arrhythmia problems can be treated because it is one year later, and I’ve never felt better.”
Mr. Kral also stated that approximately one week after his procedure he was back to living his normal active lifestyle where he travels, goes golfing and does yard work.
The Heart Rhythm Center can help patients with:
Catheter ablation, which could correct or minimize arrhythmia
Pacemaker placement to regulate the heartbeat
Defibrillators to stop dangerous heart rates
CRT devices to help heart failure patients
Syncope and presyncope
Other arrhythmia-related conditions
“With the ability to treat patients early, there is a higher chance of curing the condition instead of having a patient manage it with medication,” said Dr. Subbiah Rajaguru, Christie Clinic Cardiac Electrophysiologist.
The Heart Rhythm Center utilizes the University of Illinois for outcomes-based medical research and provides additional learning opportunities for medical students and the Internal Medicine residency program.
For more information, visit www.provena.org/covenant/electrophysiology.