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Changing the Beat: Advances in Electrophysiology

Heart: AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center presents Changing the Beat: Advances in Electrophysiology, a live webcast panel discussion at 5pm ET (2100UTC).

The Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) will host a live panel discussion on advances in electrophysiology procedures Tuesday, May 17 at 5 p.m. Howard Levite, MD, medical director of the Heart Institute at ARMC, and director of the Heart Institute's Cardiac Catheterization laboratories; Nader Ghaly, MD, director of Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services at the Heart Institute at ARMC; and Howard I. Axelrod, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Heart Institute at ARMC, will moderate the panel discussion. Electrophysiology procedures discussed will include: the tilt table test, non-invasive Automatic Internal Cardiac Defibrillator (AICD) implant, pacemaker battery change, electrophysiology studies and ablation. Also discussed will be the AICD test. This test ensures that the leads, which are electros that lead into the patient's heart, are functioning correctly.

Electrophysiology is a subspecialty of cardiology that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of irregular heartbeat. It involves the diagnosis and treatment of patients who have problems with the electrical system of their heart. Irregular heart beat, or arrhythmia, can occur in a healthy heart and be of minimal consequence. It can also indicate a serious health problem due to heart disease and can lead to stroke or sudden heart attack and death. Symptoms of irregular heart beat include palpitation, irregular heart beat, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, and dizziness. Diagnosing these electrical problems in the heart is key to treating them. The Heart Institute is the only hospital in the region that has a full service Electrophysiology (EP) lab because it is the only hospital in the region approved to perform cardiac surgery.

"Tremendous advances in technology have dramatically changed the way we treat irregular heart beat," said Nader Ghaly, MD, director of Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services at ARMC. "Arrhythmias can occur in a healthy heart and be of minimal consequence. But they can indicate a serious problem that can lead to heart disease, stroke or sudden heart attack and death. AtlantiCare has the team and technology to diagnose and manage an irregular heart beat."

This webcast is the third in a series ARMC is offering the public. In 2004 the Center for Surgical Weight Loss and Wellness at ARMC performed a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery during a live webcast. In February the Heart Institute performed two cardiac catheterizations, including one for an emergency heart attack patient, during a live webcast.

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) is a 567-bed, not-for-profit, hospital that was founded in 1898. The hospital began as a ten-bed facility in a converted home on Ohio Avenue in Atlantic City. ARMC City Division is located in Atlantic City, where the hospital was founded. ARMC Mainland Division, which opened in 1975, is located in Galloway Township, one of the state's fastest growing residential and commercial areas. ARMC offers a number of outpatient-care services, many of which it provides at the AtlantiCare HealthPlex. Located in Atlantic City, the HealthPlex offers a wide range of quality out-patient services in one convenient location, including primary care, women's services, laboratory services, radiology and physical therapy.

The Heart Institute, which opened in the summer of 2001, is southeastern New Jersey's first and only full service cardiac surgical and interventional program. Based at ARMC's Mainland Campus, the Heart Institute and its team offer nearly every cardiac interventional procedure available, including angioplasty, electrophysiology studies, pacemaker and defibrillator implantation and open-heart surgery. The Heart Institute also offers off-pump bypass surgery and minimally invasive procedures including coronary artery bypass surgery; valve repair and replacement; and endoscopic vein removal.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) granted the designation of Accredited Chest Pain Center to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland and City campuses in 2004, making them the first and second accredited Chest Pain Centers in New Jersey, and the 59th and 60th in the nation.

AtlantiCare is an integrated healthcare system dedicated to transforming healthcare at the regional level by providing higher quality health and wellness services. AtlantiCare includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC), the AtlantiCare Foundation, AtlantiCare Health Services, AtlantiCare Health Plans, AtlantiCare Behavioral Health (ABH) and InfoShare. The region's largest healthcare organization and largest non-casino employer, AtlantiCare's nearly 4,000 employees serve the community in more than 50 locations. AtlantiCare and its business units are governed by boards comprised of more than 70 volunteer community leaders. As a not-for-profit organization, AtlantiCare's focus is to serve the community as a provider of health and wellness services.

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Featuring:

Nader Ghaly

Nader Ghaly, MD

Howard Levite

Howard Levite, MD

Howard Axelrod

Howard Axelrod, MD