Dr. Genevieve Brumberg planned the laboratory and started the electrophysiology program at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. "I have patients as young as 10 and as old as 103," she says.
What does she do for the heart, compared to the work of other cardiologists? "I'm the elecrtrician, the other guys are the plumbers," she explains.
Muscles cells in the heart conduct electricity, but when that muscle's damaged by a heart attack or someone is born with an abnormality in the area, she says, "those can cause fast rhythms, or they may have issues with their normal electrical circuits where suddenly the electrical signals start moving very slowly."
She can prescribe a pacemaker to help speed up a slow heart. Medication, a defibrillator, or a procedure called ablation can help regulate a fast heart beat.
On a patient who needs ablation, Dr. Brumberg uses a catheter, basically wires that sense and pace the heart's electrical flow , looking for extra circuits.
"Then, we actually use a special heating catheter or cooling catheter, in some cases, to basically create a controlled scar in the heart and break a circuit or eliminate a trigger point," she says.
Dr Brumberg's glad doctors now have better options and procedures to offer patients with irregular hearbeats. "I love being hands on a lot and really seeing big, making a big difference for patients with it," she says.
She says the treatment for irregular heartbeat is a lot less risky and a lot more successful than in the past.