Efeosa Idemudia, Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

For weeks, Efeosa Idemudia, 42, Kalamazoo, felt tired every day.

He also experienced dizziness when simply getting out of a chair. At first he attributed the symptoms to the extra stress in his life. Then Idemudia heard a Borgess Heart Institute Heart Attack & Stroke radio advertisement describing a personalized heart attack and stroke risk assessment program.

“I have a family history of heart disease and the symptoms pointed in that direction,” Idemudia said, a father of young children. “It was time for me to act and the Borgess Heart Institute’s Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Program helped me take that step.

Idemudia called the number mentioned in the radio ad and made an appointment.

“Our comprehensive risk assessment includes an electrocardiogram (EKG),” said Karen Krusinga, Certified Nurse Practioner, Borgess Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Program. “This test showed Mr. Idemudia had atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) a common cardiac arrhythmia typically seen in older adults versus younger individuals. With A-Fib, the heart can beat so rapidly it doesn’t efficiently pump blood to the body.

“Mr. Idemudia needed immediate medical attention,” said Krusinga. “Patti Brockway, our medical assistant, brought him directly to the office of Borgess cardiologist Stephen Peck, MD.”

Because Idemudia received A-Fib treatment from Dr. Peck, he now says he feels like a new man.

“The heart assessment quickly showed me what was wrong and what I needed to do,” Idemudia said. “I was very relieved to learn I had treatment choices.

“Most importantly, I feel so much better,” Idemudia said. “I’m glad I took that first step by making a simple phone call.”

The Borgess Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Program provides a personal medical plan forreducing risk of heart attack and stroke. Most health insurances are accepted and additional screenings, including a CT coronary calcium scoring (sometimes called a heart scan), are also available for a fee. For more information, call (269) 226.4808 or visit prevention.borgess.com.

“We offer a unique program that identifies individual risk factors, provides necessary treatments and also emphasizes continuing education to protect individuals from the nation’s leading killers,” said Soundos Moualla, MD, Borgess Heart Center for Excellence Cardiologist and Medical Director of the Borgess Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Program.

“Heart disease and stroke account for 40 percent of all U.S. deaths, yet they are alsoamong the most preventable diseases,” Dr. Moualla said. “Heart disease and stroke can affect anyone without regard to age, race, ethnicity, sex or income level. As the overall age of our population rises, these largely preventable conditions will increase.

“Baby boomers, especially women, want to know their risk factors and how to reduce those risks before problems occur,” Dr. Moualla said. “We can provide this information to patients and their primary care providers.”

What is included in the initial visit?

An initial visit includes: a health history, a physical exam, laboratory blood work, an EKG, a risk assessment tool, and basic sleep and stroke assessments. The results of these tests are reviewed at a second visit two weeks later. Participants will be offered any additional testing and continuing educational recommendations based on their individual risk level.

“Because heart attack and stroke are such major health threats, a comprehensive and personal program is needed,” Dr. Moualla said. “We augment existing general medicine efforts by focusing attention upon the challenges of heart attack and stroke. The program involves doctors, nurse practitioners, dietitians, laboratory technologists and other professionals within the Borgess Heart Institute and Borgess Medical Center.”

The testing and evaluations at the Borgess Heart Attack & Stroke Program are also gender specific.

“Gender differences are important to acknowledge,” Dr. Moualla said. “For instance, a woman’s heart disease risk factors are often underestimated. This is because women usually suffer from cardiovascular disease 10 years later in their life than men; the risk increases after menopause, partly because of ovarian hormone deficiency that favors hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, central obesity and the metabolic syndrome.”

For more information, call (269) 226.4808 or visit prevention.borgess.com.