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New DeTar doctor offers electrical treatment for hearts

Aug. 14, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Updated Aug. 14, 2014 at 9:06 p.m.


People are often said to have a heart of gold. In reality, it's more like a heart of electricity.

The human heart is a powerhouse designed to keep blood pumping using a system of electrical conduction. Electrophysiology is the science of diagnosing and treating abnormalities that arise within this intricate electrical impulse system.

DeTar Healthcare System now provides electrophysiology services in the cardiac catheterization lab at DeTar Hospital Navarro. Facilities include procedure rooms designed for diagnostic studies and the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and for the complex management of pacemaker and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.

Dr. Jasvinder Sidhu, electrophysiologist, recently joined the DeTar medical staff. He has 14 years of experience and the specialized skills to perform advanced procedures, such as cardiac ablation, cardioversion, pacemaker and ICD implantation, diagnostic EP studies and more.

Sidhu received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He completed his internship in internal medicine and residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland in Cleveland. He is board-certified in internal medicine, clinical cardiac electrophysiology and cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

"In a normally functioning heart, the electrical impulses cause the heart to contract and relax at regular intervals to pump blood to the body and the vital organs," said Sidhu. "When these pulses are disturbed - they pump too slow, too fast or irregularly-the abnormalities are called arrythmias. Electrophysiology uses advanced technology to detect, diagnose and treat these arrhythmias."

Detecting and diagnosing arrythmias requires special equipment, which is available in the DeTar Cath Lab. The stimulator allows the physician to accurately pace the heart's rhythm, the recorder senses electrical circuits of the heart and 3-D mapping technology gives the physician an accurate view of the heart's anatomy to enable better diagnosis and treatment of abnormal circuitry.

"Electrophysiology requires four things - the ability to pace, sense, ablate tissue and shock the heart," Sidhu added. "DeTar has invested a great deal in technology and human resources to bring this community the treatment it so greatly needs."

Sidhu complements the heart team at DeTar, which includes three cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons, three interventional cardiologists and a full staff of cardiac care nurses and radiology technicians with more than 76 years of combined experience in the cardiac cath lab.

Sidhu will see patients in his office at 605 E. San Antonio St., Suite 510E.

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