Two years ago, Marvin suffered from atrial fibrillation — a condition that forced him to live each day in fear, never knowing when terrifying heart palpitations would strike next.
“The a-fib gave me an irregular heartbeat and caused me to feel very nervous and afraid for my life,” says Marvin. “It was like every heartbeat… I never knew if that was going to be the heartbeat that tripped into a-fib.”
With the condition beginning to dramatically affect his quality of life, Marvin sought the medical counsel of Bon Secours cardiologist Dr. Harpreet Grewal, who specializes in cardiac electrophysiology — the study of abnormal electrical rhythms.
Grewal had recently brought a new form of treatment known as cryoballoon therapy to Memorial Regional Medical Center and Marvin was fortunate to be one of its first recipients.
“We basically put a balloon up into the left atrium and froze around the four pulmonary veins that enter into the left atrium,” says Grewal. “That disrupted the electrical signal that comes from those veins and electrically isolated those veins from the rest of the heart.”
Today, Marvin’s living completely symptom-free and hasn’t had a single palpitation in two years. He remains in awe of his results and the level of care Dr. Grewal and the Heart Team at MRMC provided.
“Their service is top-notch,” says Marvin. “I can’t say enough good things about this hospital. Dr. Grewal is a very caring person. He went out of his way to make sure my procedure succeeded. It’s a miraculous difference that he made in my life.”
To ensure the procedure was 100 percent accurate and Marvin was in fact cured, Grewal implanted a device called a loop recorder to monitor his heart rhythms.
“He’s now had this for two years,” says Grewal. “And he has not had a single bout of atrial fibrillation.”
For Marvin, good help means good health. “It’s like a night-and-day difference, in my case.”
Harpreet Grewal, MD
Seeing outcomes like Marvin’s are especially rewarding for Dr. Grewal, whose cardiac electrophysiology program was the first in the area to do same-day discharges for procedures such as pacemakers, defibrillators and simple ablations.
“You get to see that we’re actually having a pretty significant impact on how well people are living in the community… and how long they’re living,” he says. “That’s what drives me to come to work.”
Grewal has long sensed there is something special about Bon Secours’ commitment to bringing new technologies to the area.
“That’s what attracted me to Bon Secours,” he says. “It wasn’t about dollars and cents. It was about the people in the community. It was the right thing to do for the people of Hanover County.”
For Grewal, good help is seeing patients smile after he’s done with them, seeing them feel better and ultimately seeing them go home happy and healthy.