Len Mialki, of Shiloh, could not believe what he was hearing: “Get to the hospital as quickly as possible.” He was told his abnormal heartbeat was serious enough that it could kill him within hours.
Shortly after arriving, doctors told Mialki that he needed to be transferred to WellSpan York Hospital for lifesaving procedures. He had ventricular tachycardia, an irregular heartbeat coming from the lower chamber of his heart, according to Dr. Edmond Obeng-Gyimah, M.D., electrophysiologist at WellSpan York Hospital.
Mialki needed advanced specialized heart care at WellSpan York Hospital’s state-of-the-art Electrophysiology Lab. Obeng-Gyimah and his team performed a ventricular tachycardia ablation procedure on Mialki with a computer mapping system that acts like a GPS system.
Using IVs in a small incision in his groin, the care team was able to run catheters up to his heart through a vein. Once Obeng-Giymah identified where the abnormal heart rhythm was coming from, he was able to use a probe on the catheter to correct the rhythm.
Since joining the expert heart and vascular team at WellSpan York Hospital, Obeng-Giymah has performed over 30 of these complex procedures, something not frequently offered in the region.
"He did a really good job putting me at ease," said Mialki. "But he also told me how serious this was, and that it was something that could kill me. But I had confidence in him and the whole team."
Mialki, who has since recovered and returned to his normal life, recently visited his doctor and the team at WellSpan York Hospital who saved his life, thanking them for their expert and lifesaving care.
"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't wake up and thank God for his skills and education and the talent he has," explained Mialki. "Because I really believe he saved my life that night."
To view the video about Mialki and his lifesaving procedure, click here.