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New heart specialist comes to Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center has a new heart specialist.

Dr. Adriana Slobodova is Yakima's first cardiac electrophysiologist.

Dr. Slobodova specializes in treating and curing heart arrhythmia.

She'll be using the hospital's state of the art equipment called the Carrot, used to monitor images of the patient's heart.

Slobodova says the process is like using a GPS system for the heart.

"We place a catheter in the heart through the groin and touch the hard surfaces from inside, and create a three-dimensional image of the heart with our mini satellite system," Dr. Slobodova explained.

Regional is one of just a few hospitals in the state, outside of Seattle and Spokane, that provide this type of service.

Patients can receive their electrophysiology testing, ablations or cardiac device implantations at the hospital. Dr. Slobodova says she's now taking patients.

For more information on treatment for heart arrhythmia and electrophysiology procedures, click here.