A little over a year ago, Prairie Heart Institute Southern Illinois Healthcare developed a new cardiac electrophysiology (EP) program at Memorial Hospital. The service is for patients with pump issues causing diseases such as, atrial fibrillation (quivering disorganization of the heart rhythm), tachycardia (fast heart beat) and bradycardia (slow heart beat) among others.
The EP program has been most successful. To better serve patients, this year we’ve constructed a new dedicated laboratory for treating the electrical issues of the heart, particularly cardiac ablations and pacemaker implants.
We invite you to see inside this new EP lab in our virtual tour.
In the field of cardiology, we are often dealing with blood flow problems: a blockage in the heart, legs, abdominal arteries and so on–in the plumbing if you will. There are a variety of ways we open the blockage. But, sometimes, there’s an issue with the pump itself. That’s when you need to call in the electrician.
Dr. Daniel Correa de Sa, Prairie cardiac electrophysiologist or “electrician of the heart” said heart rhythms are very common and affect a fair amount of our population. Atrial fibrillation is particularly dangerous because it is the #1 cause of stroke.
The EP service adds a huge link in the cardiac continuum of care for southern Illinois. In fact, besides transplants, Prairie Heart Institute is capable of treating most any cardiovascular issue.
According to Jett Crouse, RN, RCIS in the EP lab, the rush comes knowing we are doing things for patients that we’ve always had to send out of the area for. “They are coming here and we are sending them home to live their lives more symptom-free,” said Crouse.