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Published on January 29, 2014


MidMichigan Expands Its Heart Rhythm Disorders Team

Neelima Paladugu, M.D.Clinical Electrophysiologist Neelima Paladugu, M.D. , has joined MidMichigan Physicians Group as the newest member of the heart and vascular team at MidMichigan Health. In addition to electrophysiologists, this comprehensive team includes cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, as well as vascular and thoracic/cardiovascular surgeons. Dr. Paladugu’s main office is located in Midland at 4011 Orchard Drive, Suite 3004, where she joins Nilofar Islam, M.D., and Opesanmi Esan, M.D. She also welcomes patient at her satellite offices in Alma at 160 East Warwick Drive and Clare at 602 Beech Street, Suite 1230.

As an electrophysiologist, Dr. Paladugu treats patients with atrial fibrillation and other electrical heart rhythm disorders. To help diagnose these disorders, she conducts invasive and non-invasive recordings to measure the electrical activity within the heart, as well as the cardiac responses to programmed electrical stimulation. These studies are performed to assess arrhythmias, interpret symptoms, evaluate abnormal electrocardiograms, assess risk of developing arrhythmias in the future, and to determine the best course of treatment.

In addition to diagnostic testing of the electrical properties of the heart, Dr. Paladugu is trained in therapeutic and surgical methods to treat heart rhythm disturbances. These treatments include drug therapy and surgical implantation of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators.

Dr. Paladugu was drawn to the field of electrophysiology based on the overall complexity of the patient cases. “I really enjoy the puzzle solving aspect of electrophysiology,” she said. “It is very rewarding to be able to measure and map the electrical disturbances, pinpoint the problem areas and develop a treatment plan to correct the disturbances.”

She completed her residency in internal medicine at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Albert Einstein University in Bronx, N.Y. Dr. Paladugu then went on to complete a cardiology fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y., and a clinical electrophysiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Dr. Paludugu’s clinical interests focus on management of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and atrial fibrillation. According to her, ablation techniques have changed the landscape of how arrhythmias are treated. The field of electrophysiology is exciting in that many types of heart rhythm disorders can be cured thanks to breakthroughs in therapeutic and surgical treatment methods.

“Patient satisfaction and providing quality care are the most important aspects of what I do,” Dr. Paladugu said. “By being approachable and developing a strong doctor-patient relationship based on trust and collaboration, we can work together to achieve the best outcomes. I enjoy getting to know my patients and want them to know that I’m there for them and that we are a team. Seeing my patients smile during their follow-up appointments and knowing that I was able to improve their quality of life means a lot to me.”

Electrophysiology appointments with Drs. Paladugu, Islam and Esan may be made by calling their office at (989) 488-5470. Those who would like more information about Dr. Paladugu may call MidMichigan Health Line toll- free at (800) 999-3199.