SEAFORD — A ribbon cutting was held Sept. 15 for the Electrophysiology Lab in the Cardiac Cath Lab at TidalHealth Nanticoke.
An EP study is a procedure to treat abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias when the normal electrical conduction pattern of the heart becomes irregular. These tests are often the first step in diagnosing and treating heart arrhythmia.
New equipment and technology are in place to do such studies and procedures, making those services available in western Sussex County, thanks to a financial contribution from Barbara and Chick Allen of Seaford.
The Allens are longtime supporters of TidalHealth Nanticoke and are the namesakes of the Allen Cancer Center.
“We are very pleased to continue our support for TidalHealth Nanticoke, as they continue to expand and refine critical services for our community,” said Mr. Allen.
During an electrophysiology study, a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel that leads to the heart. Specialized electrodes are placed in the heart to send signals that measure electrical activity.
Using the information, doctors can determine where the abnormal heart rhythm is coming from and how well certain medicines are working. Physicians can also determine from the study whether they can eliminate the channel that is causing the abnormal signal; can decide if a pacemaker or defibrillator will help heart pacing; and can even tell if patients are at risk for other heart-related problems.
“This is a new and impactful chapter for TidalHealth Nanticoke and the residents of western Sussex County,” said Jessica Hales, president of the TidalHealth Foundation. “The Allen family has long been committed to helping their friends, neighbors and community receive much needed care close to home. We are grateful for their commitment to TidalHealth Nanticoke and the communities it serves.”
The studies are performed by electrophysiologists Dr. Akhil Parashar and Dr. Scott Kaufman.