The Valley Heart & Vascular Institute to Conduct Research with Leading Russian Heart Hospital
(RIDGEWOOD_NJ) March 28, 2012 — Electrophysiologists at The Valley Heart & Vascular Institute have signed an agreement with their peers at the busiest cardiovascular hospital in Russia to collaborate on clinical research projects to improve the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias.
Representing Valley’s Arrhythmia Institute – a component of The Valley Heart & Vascular Institute — was director Jonathan S. Steinberg, M.D., who signed the agreement with Evgeny Pokushalov, M.D., Ph.D., head of the Arrhythmia Department and Electrophysiology Lab at the State Research Institute of Circulation Pathology in Siberia. Cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists, and electrophysiologists at the Russian hospital perform 4,500 cardiac surgeries and procedures every year.
“This agreement is a huge opportunity for our Valley electrophysiologists to collaborate with an incredibly smart and talented group of Russian electrophysiologists conducting research at a state-of-the-art facility in Novosibirsk, Russia’s third largest city and the cultural and industrial center of Siberia,” says Dr. Steinberg, a member of The Valley Heart & Vascular Institute’s Executive Council.
Electrophysiology is a specialized area of cardiology that involves the diagnosis, treatment, and management of arrhythmias, disturbances in the heart’s intricate electrical system.
Dr. Steinberg and his fellow Valley electrophysiologists will be conducting research with Dr. Pokushalov and his research team on atrial fibrillation, a common, yet complex arrhythmia that involves multiple regions of the heart. The American and Russian researchers will work to develop advanced technology to treat atrial fibrillation, including refining catheter ablation procedures.
The Arrhythmia Institute at The Valley Heart & Vascular Institute’s New Jersey office is located at The Valley Hospital at 223 N. Van Dien Avenue in Ridgewood. The New York City office is located at 5 Columbus Circle. For more information, visit www.valleyheartandvascular.com, or www.arrhythmia.org.