Las Vegas, NV — The Heart Center at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center performed another first for the region today, by performing an ablation procedure in their new electrophysiology (EP) laboratory. Sunrise Hospital is the only facility that has two dedicated EP Labs.

This $1.2 million state-of-the-art lab will provide more advanced treatment and care to the increasing population and allow Sunrise and Sunrise Children's Hospital to offer even more tests and treatments.

Dr. Gaston Vergara, cardiologist at Sunrise Hospital that specializes in electrophysiology, performed the first case study in the new EP Lab said, “Having this type of a dedicated EP Lab and staff provides unlimited potentials regarding technological and operational results and efficiencies for our patients and increases better quality and safety for patients and staff. We will be able to offer more procedures such as, diagnostic heart catheterization, ablations and device implants for adults and pediatrics.”

Doctors use EP tests and labs to better understand the heart's electrical system or activity and the nature of abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and where it is coming from. The test is performed by inserting catheters that have electrodes that enables them measure minute electrical activity throughout the heart. These results can help physicians, like Dr. Vergara; determine which treatments whether it is a medication, pacemaker, internal defibrillator device or an ablation will be best suited to treat their patient.

Some of the leading edge equipment includes a 3D mapping visual tool that creates the inside of the heart and provides real-time information displaying all the intricacies of the heart. Another is a 60-inch robust display monitor that allows a doctor to simultaneously view up to six different images such as an X-ray, 3D mapping and patient monitoring. As part of another first, Sunrise Hospital will be one of the first to have the St. Jude Medical WorkMate™ Claris™ Recording System. This along with Biosense Webster and GE collects, displays and stores data from multiple sources within the EP Lab. These devices provide an intuitive display of real-time and historical data. This allows doctors to use the systems together to manage/treat patients.

“Sunrise has a long history of providing “firsts” in cardiac care to its adult and pediatric patients and our priority is providing patients with excellent quality care”, said Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children's Hospital. “This is in part in keeping with our dedication to continuously bring advanced treatments to our patients.”

About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

As Nevada's largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada, its surrounding region, and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas. As a 16-time Consumer Choice award-winning hospital and two-time “Best Hospital in Las Vegas,” Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is the region's healthcare leader. The Nevada Neurosciences Institute – the region's most comprehensive Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center – provides world-class care for stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological conditions. The Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital is the only Accredited Breast Center in Southern Nevada.

The Heart Center at Sunrise offers the most advanced cardiac care and features an Accredited Chest Pain Center. As Nevada's first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program and the only pediatric open heart surgery program in the state, Sunrise is leading the way in providing advanced cardiac care to Southern Nevada and the surround regions. Located on the same campus is Sunrise Children's Hospital, Nevada's largest, most comprehensive children's hospital. For more information on Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, visit, follow on Twitter @SunriseLasVegas and

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