What to know about variable heart rhythms and AFib
An Ohio State cardiac electrophysiologist shares what to know about heart rhythms and AFib.
Ohio State’s Heart and Vascular Center is home to a highly experienced team of interventional cardiologists, performing thousands of procedures in Columbus each year. This experience means our physicians, nurses and staff are equipped and skilled at handling even the most difficult cases. Not only are we home to state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization facilities at the Ohio State Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital and East Hospital, but we also pioneer new and minimally invasive techniques, such as transradial catheterization.
Learn more about how Ohio State is leading the way in heart and vascular treatment and helping more patients survive.
Ohio State cardiologists diagnose and treat a wide range of heart conditions, including common conditions such as heart attack and coronary artery disease. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have recognized the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center as a leader in heart attack patient survival rates. Our heart specialists follow national guidelines when treating heart attack patients to provide them with the safest and best possible outcomes.
Heart specialists use cardiac catheterization to diagnose and sometimes treat heart conditions. A cardiac catheterization can be performed on an outpatient basis or even during emergency situations, such as after a heart attack.
Ohio State cardiologists use coronary angioplasty to open up blocked or narrowed arteries.
For those who have a problem with a heart valve, we offer aortic valve replacement, heart valve surgery and other procedures to correct these conditions. Our cardiologists and vascular surgeons are experienced in valve repair and replacement, and can create a treatment plan completely customized to your needs.
Ohio State’s Ross Heart Hospital features an entire floor dedicated to cardiac catheterization procedures. The staff members of this specialized unit, from our physicians to our nurses and support staff, are experts in the care and management of cardiac catheterizations and emergency cardiovascular care. Patients recover in state-of-the-art rooms that we’ve designed to allow our patients to receive all care and necessary equipment in the same room, rather than being moved throughout the hospital for different levels of care.
For emergency or life-threatening cardiovascular conditions, our physicians developed the state’s first Level 1 Cardiovascular Emergency Program, which gives patients immediate access to the highest levels of care for a variety of cardiovascular emergencies. We participate in a statewide system of heart attack care that speeds the treatment time for patients suffering from heart attacks, meaning patients treated at Ohio State receive care nearly twice as fast as the national average of 90 minutes.
Ohio State’s East Hospital also has a newly renovated state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory providing the same level of care from Ohio State’s interventional cardiology team.
In the event of an emergency procedure, we’ve designed a system to mobilize a treatment team and speed patients directly from the Emergency Department to a cardiac catheterization lab for lifesaving treatment.
For patients at the Ross Heart Hospital who receive transradial catheterization, our patients recover in a state-of-the-art Radial Lounge, where they are free to relax upright in comfortable recliners, talk with their family, read or watch TV while they recover.
The field of interventional cardiology has expanded to provide better outcomes, less pain and shorter hospital stays and recovery time for patients. At Ohio State, we’re continuously advancing our interventional cardiology program to provide patients with innovative technologies and treatments, such as transradial catheterization and therapeutic hypothermia.
We use a radial-first approach during cardiac catheterization procedures. Traditionally, a catheter was placed in the femoral artery near the groin. In the radial-first approach, the catheter is placed in the radial artery in the wrist. This process has resulted in better cardiac outcomes and faster recoveries for patients.
Konstantinos Dean Boudoulas, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Interventional Cardiology, and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Boudoulas has been the recipient of several research grants, and he has also published a number of original manuscripts. His clinical interests include interventional cardiology, coronary artery disease and acute coronary syndromes. Dr. Boudoulas’s research focuses on cardiovascular genetics and translational research.
Dr. Magorien is the director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Training Program and an associate professor of internal medicine.
Dr. Magorien was named one of “America’s Best Doctors” in 2009 and rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction in 2014.
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