Advancing Cardiovascular Services Campaign


Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the US and around the world. This year, approximately 700,000 Americans will experience their first heart attack and approximately 500,000 will have a recurring attack.

United Regional is an area leader in the treatment of heart and vascular disease, providing prevention education, advanced diagnostics, specialized emergency care, highly skilled surgeons, and an experienced and compassionate staff.

As a leader, we continually bring advancements in treatment and technology to our community to create comprehensive care for cardiovascular services.


 Electrophysiology (EP) is a subspecialty of cardiology that diagnoses and treats abnormal heart rhythms by evaluating and testing the electrical system of the heart.  Irregular heartbeats, called arrhythmias, can be quite common.  Millions of people will experience an arrhythmia at some point in their lives.  While many are harmless, some abnormal heart rhythms can be serious or even deadly. Because of this, determining what causes an arrhythmia is very important in one’s health.  EP may involve medical treatment, implantation of cardiac rhythm devices or defibrillators, or procedural ablation of heart tissue.

Dr. Darpan Kumar is a new addition to the cardiovascular team and will spearhead the new program.  He is an Electrophysiologist trained at UT Southwestern and the University of Oregon, Health Science Center.

With the addition of Dr. Kumar and the development of the program, comes new equipment that will work in partnership to help diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms.

These include:

  • A mapping system which increases reliability and visualization accuracy of the anatomy.
  • A cardiac simulator to provide integrated patient information and appropriate treatments.
  • An ablation system to correct an area of heart tissue that causes rapid and irregular heartbeats.

Also included in the new equipment is a Bi-Plane x-ray which is a specialized cardiac catheterization device using two sets of imaging sources and cameras.  United Regional predicts approximately 1,500 procedures per year with this new piece of equipment.

The Bi-Plane X-Ray will:

  • Provide better image quality
  • Reduce radiation dose up to 60%
  • Make it easier to place the catheter by having two views at the same time

United Regional Foundation invites you to be a part of the Advancing Cardiovascular Services Campaign by making a gift of any size.  Your generosity will help provide the complex cardiac ablations and other electrophysiology services allowing patients to stay in our community for this specialized care.