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Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute Opens in East Valley

Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute Opens: Dr. Himanshu H. Shukla Leads Practice; Begins Foundation to Donate AEDs

New Office on Banner Desert Campus in Mesa Patient Care, Community Resource & Research Center

Dr. Himanshu H. Shukla Leads New Practice
Launches Foundation to Donate Defibrillators, Fight Sudden Cardiac Death

Mesa, Ariz. (March 12, 2007) – Himanshu H. Shukla, M.D., has announced the opening of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (CAI) on the campus of Banner Desert Medical Center, 1450 S. Dobson Road in Mesa.

The new East Valley cardiology practice led by Dr. Shukla, an electrophysiologist, is dedicated to providing heart care customized to the individual and clinical treatment of heart rhythm disorders. Electrophysiology is a specialty within the extensive field of cardiology.

The CAI also will serve as a community resource for patients and physicians to obtain state of the art care and information on heart rhythm disorders.

Dr. Shukla is affiliated with Banner Desert as well as Chandler Regional Hospital and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in the East Valley. He also works with the Scottsdale Healthcare System and Paradise Valley Hospital.

In conjunction with launching the new practice, Dr. Shukla has established a charity foundation dedicated to providing education and awareness of heart arrhythmia and Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). The foundation has donated five defibrillators within the last year to local area high schools, and will continue to donate to schools and other venues within Maricopa County, enabling CPR and EMS services to respond and save more lives. The mission results from the startling statistic that in the last three years, 18 people have died on school grounds in Maricopa County, deaths related to heart rhythm disorders which are often the cause of SCD.

The CAI will serve as a community resource, providing patient education forums and support groups for users of defibrillators, pacemakers and other devices, and those dealing with heart arrhythmia. CAI also will offer patients the opportunity to participate in the latest clinical research and technology.

Dr. Shukla completed his residency for internal medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons’ St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York. He completed post-doctoral training at the University of Missouri-Columbia, with a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine. His post doctoral training in electrophysiology occurred at University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, a world leader in treating heart rhythm disorders, participating in an Advanced Fellowship in Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology.

Additionally, Dr. Shukla is joined at the CAI by Lisa A. Feddersen, B.S.N., R.N., Practice Administrator.

Dr. Shukla’s serves on the editorial review boards of Cardiovascular Research, the journal of the European Society of Cardiology; and Hearth Rhythm Journal, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society. His works have been featured in numerous publications including the Heart Rhythm Journal; Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology (JICE); Cardiovascular Research and PACE, the official journal of the International Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology Society.

Dr. Shukla conducts training on advanced physical diagnoses, and speaks regularly throughout the country on heart arrhythmia. He is recognized nationally on intervention and consults on the use and development of defibrillators, pacemakers and other devices to regulate the heart.