New EP lab will provide a critical, lifesaving service to citizens near Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center and surrounding areas

New Electrophysiology Lab Expands Cardiac Care in Northern Virginia

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Seriously ill heart patients will have less time to wait as Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center expands its commitment to heart health.

The Sentara Heart & Vascular Center has opened a new electrophysiology (EP) lab. The new lab focuses on the electrical function of the heart, where patients with an irregular heartbeat, known as an arrhythmia, can be tested, diagnosed and treated.  Because arrhythmias can lead to fatigue, congestive heart failure, other heart complications or stroke, the new EP lab provides a critical, lifesaving service to the citizens of Prince William County and surrounding areas.

This new procedure, coupled with the Sentara Heart & Vascular Center’s already award winning services and Cardiac Catheterization lab, gives patients more options closer to home. It’s those services that can mean the difference between life and death. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates every year about 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack. It’s because of those startling statistics Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center originally opened the Sentara Heart & Vascular Center in an effort to provide lifesaving care to patients experiencing heart attacks. These new services mean more complete care for patients, right in their own backyards.

“Since the opening of the Sentara Heart and Vascular Center in 2011, we are thrilled to continue offering new cardiac services, allowing patients to receive a higher level of care, right in their own community,” says Carol Burchett, Senior Administrative Director of Cardiovascular Services for Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

Electrophysiologists Dr. Aysha Arshad and Dr. Mohammad Ghazvini began treating and diagnosing patients in the new EP lab in December 2016 using the latest technology the EP lab offers and supported by the knowledgeable and specially trained staff at the Sentara Heart and Vascular Center.

The Sentara Heart and Vascular Center provides life-saving interventions 24 hours a day, with everything from diagnostic testing and treatment to rehabilitation programs. The center holds a 2017 Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Award from the American Heart Association. In addition, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has Platinum accreditation with the American Stroke Association’s ‘Get with the Guidelines’ program which promotes consistent adherence to the latest scientific guidelines while taking into account hospital processes and exemplary patient care.

To find an Electrophysiologist or Cardiologist near you, call 1-800-SENTARA.