Southeastern Ohio residents will no longer have to travel to Columbus for cardiac care.
Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital recently expanded its heart care program to include new technology to help treat abnormal heartbeats and other cardiac issues using electrophysiology.
Doctor Magdui Migeed of Genesis Healthcare System says it's easy understand if you think of your body like a house.
"This is basically doing plumbing work," said Dr. Migeed. "You open up a blocked artery, make sure the circulation to the heart is running. But the component that was always missing in this area is the electric part."
Migeed says it is sometimes surprising to think your body could benefit from electric-type therapy.
"Electrophysiology is very important because what it does is keep the rhythm of the heart proportional to your activities," he said. "When you're sitting down, your heart rate should be 40 or 50 or so beats per minute. When you exercise, your heart should speed up. If that process is not correct, you can end up with heart failure, weakness in the muscle. The patient could end up with heart failure."
Electrophsyiology will allow physicians like Dr. Migeed to treat arrhythmia, or abnormal heartbeats and restore a regular heartbeat.
Migeed says treatments thus far have been very successful and have eliminated irregular heartbeats for some patients. He says treatments thus far have been very successful and have eliminated irregular heartbeats for some patients.