The Electrophysiology (EP) team at Mercy Health successfully completed their 100th EP case on May 17, 2018. Led by Eugene Chung, MD, FACC, FHRS, FAHA, medical director of Cardiac Electrophysiology services for Mercy Health Heart & Vascular, the EP studies (cases) are performed in collaboration with University of Michigan Health to improve heart care for patients in West Michigan.
“At Mercy Health, we’ve performed over 100 EP studies and catheter ablations in patients with clinically significant arrhythmias,” said Chung. “All have gone smoothly with excellent outcomes.”
Electrophysiology (EP) is a subspecialty of cardiology that focuses on the heart rhythm. Based on symptoms and the results of testing such as an electrocardiogram (ECG) and/or ambulatory ECG monitor, an EP study may be warranted. An EP study is a test of the heart’s electrical system and is used to diagnose abnormal heart rhythms, also known as arrhythmias. The procedure is performed by inserting catheters with multiple electrodes through a vein in the leg and advanced into the heart.
“The completion of our 100th case reflects a tremendous level of trust, commitment, and support from referring providers, nurses, technicians and other colleagues, Michigan Medicine Division of Cardiology, and of course, the patients,” said Chung.
The majority of patients are referred to the EP program through their Mercy Health Primary Care provider or cardiologist. The EP program allows providers like Dr. Chung to offer catheter ablation in this region as a treatment to reduce – and in many cases – cure patients of bothersome heart rhythm disorders.
“If patients require complex treatment, we can also tap into the unparalleled expertise of Michigan Medicine,” Chung added. The EP physician team from the University of Michigan includes Rakesh Latchemsetty, MD, Ryan Cunnane, MD, and Thomas Crawford, MD, in addition to Dr. Chung.
Mercy Health, a leader in cardiovascular medicine in West Michigan, offers a vast continuum of cardiovascular services in addition to EP, including coronary artery bypasses, aortic/mitral valve repair and replacement, coronary angioplasties and stenting for acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina, cardiac pacing and defibrillator implantations, and post-procedure cardiac rehabilitation.
“We are grateful for all the support of Mercy Health has provided. The future is bright for the Electrophysiology program and our patients!”