A Change of Heart

Henry Mayo offers a full range of cardiac electrophysiology services, bringing new hope to patients experiencing arrhythmias

According to the Washington, D.C.-based Heart Rhythm Society, millions of people experience irregular or abnormal heartbeats, called arrhythmias, at some point in their lives. Some arrhythmias are harmless and can happen in healthy people free of heart disease. However, some abnormal heart rhythms can be serious or even deadly. Having other types of heart disease can also increase the risk of arrhythmias. 

The most common type of sustained arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation, commonly known as A-Fib. It is estimated that about 3 million people in the United States have A-Fib. With atrial fibrillation, control of electrical activity in the upper chambers of the heart becomes disorganized and the atria “fibrillate” (quiver or twitch quickly), causing an irregular rhythm. It is estimated that 2 percent of people under the age of 65 have A-Fib and as many as 9 percent of people over 65 have it.

A-Fib makes patients five times more likely to suffer from strokes and, if left untreated, can result in other heart-related complications.
Fortunately, there are therapies available for treating A-Fib and other arrhythmias. A relatively new branch of cardiology called cardiac electrophysiology specializes in the treatment of arrhythmias. It is important for patients to receive an accurate diagnosis and counseling for their particular conditions and to review the different treatment options available with an appropriate specialist.

Shervin Sadrpour, MD, FHRS, is a cardiac electrophysiologist with Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group who recently joined Henry Mayo as the Medical 
Director of Electrophysiology Services.

I consider myself a heart electrician,” said Dr. Sadrpour. “By understanding the mechanism of an abnormal rhythm and the appropriate use of advanced technology, we can deliver better medical care. This is one of the fastest-evolving fields in medicine—offering more efficient and safer procedures with higher success rates.

Indeed, one can say that invasive electrophysiology has revolutionized treatment of some cardiac conditions. Some procedures that not long ago required open-heart surgery are now performed more effectively by making a small incision in the groin area and using the femoral vein or artery to gain access to the heart, rather than making a large incision in the chest area. Recovery times are much quicker too. 

Henry Mayo offers a full range of electrophysiology services as part of its commitment to developing a comprehensive cardiovascular care program.  

There is hope for people suffering from arrhythmias,” said Dr. Sadrpour. “Today, it’s possible to eliminate the source of the heart’s electrical malfunction.

Because of high demand for these kinds of services, it’s vital that Henry Mayo have them available for our community,” said Alexandra Diebold-Fox, RN, Director of Cardiovascular Services. IYH

By understanding the mechanism of an abnormal rhythm and the appropriate use of advanced technology, we can deliver better medical care.”

—Shervin Sadrpour, MD, FHRS, Medical Director of Electrophysiology Services

Cardiovascular Services at Henry Mayo

Open-Heart Surgery Our experienced surgeons, technicians and nurses address the needs of patients with complex conditions in a surgical suite built for our open-heart surgery patients.

Electrophysiology Electrophysiology is the study of electrical activity in the heart and the development of treatment plans to address abnormal heart rhythms, also known as arrhythmias.

Impella The Impella heart pump supports patients by temporarily moving blood through the heart and other organs during high-risk procedures to open or widen coronary arteries and in the urgent treatment of cardiogenic shock, a condition that typically occurs during or after a heart attack.

Balloon Valvuloplasty Balloon valvuloplasty is a procedure in which a specially designed balloon is used to widen a narrowed heart valve.

Cardiac Rehabilitation An experienced team of nurses and exercise physiologists helps nurture cardiac patients in this highly regarded program that includes exercise, nutrition counseling and education on lifestyle changes and related topics.

STEMI Receiving Center We are a designated "ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction" (STEMI) receiving center. A STEMI is the most deadly form of heart attack.

Vascular Walking Program This supervised walking program was created to help people who have peripheral vascular disease, or poor circulation in their legs. The program helps participants increase their endurance, stamina, strength and confidence.