While the heart program at EAMC has evolved since starting in the mid-1980s to include better equipment, improved procedures and new physicians, the vast majority of that time has been spent without an electrophysiologist. That changed this summer when Michael Manogue, M.D., joined Pinnacle Cardiovascular Associates in Auburn.
“The need for electrophysiology patient care has continued to grow, so it was time for us to bring these services closer to home,” said Chris Clark, EAMC vice president of Clinical Services. “We know Dr. Manogue’s training and expertise will be a tremendous benefit for our community.”
While cardiologists typically evaluate and treat patients with heart-related symptoms, including a fast or slow heartbeat, chest pain, dizziness and other symptoms, electrophysiologists like Dr. Manogue deal with the diagnosis and management of irregular heart rhythm. In most cases, when a cardiologist suspects a patient has an arrhythmia, they refer that patient to an electrophysiologist for further care.
It is estimated that more than four million people in the U.S have an arrhythmia, and as the population ages, the number is expected to increase. In the past, cardiologists at EAMC have had to refer patients to physicians outside the area to receive electrophysiology services. Now, with access to Dr. Manogue, who trained and practiced at Emory University in Atlanta prior to joining the medical staff at EAMC, patients no longer must leave the area to receive this type of specialized care.
Dr. Manogue treats both inherited and acquired arrhythmic conditions, including tachycardia, bradycardia and atrial fibrillation, among others. He provides both inpatient and outpatient care, with services including catheter ablations, anti-arrhythmic medications, and working with patients who need or have devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators.“It is a great honor to help drastically improve patients’ quality of life and even save lives with the services we provide,” says Dr. Manogue. The start of an electrophysiology program at EAMC required more than recruiting a specialist like Dr. Manogue. “A lot of preparation went into starting the EP program in July,” says Riley Belcher, director of Cardiology Services at EAMC.
“In addition to investing in specialized electrophysiology equipment and new cath lab equipment, we also made renovations to the unit,” states Belcher. “However, most importantly, we spent weeks training our staff on the unique skills needed to provide EP services to our patients.”
“One of the major benefits of having electrophysiology services here is continuity of care,” says Dr. Manogue, who noted that there were a lot of patients from area zip codes treated at Emory when he was there. “I’m excited to be here and to be able to help patients in this region with electrophysiology needs so they can have the convenience of receiving this type of care closer to home.”
Visit pinnacle.eamc.org to learn more about Pinnacle Cardiovascular Associates and the services they provide. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Manogue, call Pinnacle at 334-466-4000.