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LSUHS Associate Professor, Dr. Paari Dominic, Performs First Phrenic Nerve Simulation Procedure in Louisiana

November 10, 2021, Paari Dominic, MD performed the first phrenic nerve simulation in the state of Louisiana and the second in the Ark-La-Tex. The procedure was performed at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport - Academic Medical Center. The procedure, also known as diaphragmatic pacing, uses a surgically implanted device to contract the diaphragm rhythmically leading to improved breathing function in patients with respiratory insufficiency.

Phrenic Nerve Simulation procedures require an experienced cardiac electrophysiologist, nurses, technicians, and an anesthesiologist. Phrenic nerve stimulation is an alternative for 30-40% of patients who are currently using a CPAP which is a common treatment for sleep apnea. The procedure averages two to four hours,

Dr. Dominic is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine -Section of Cardiology, Assistant Director (Clinical & Translational Research), Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences and the Co-director of the LSU Health Shreveport site for LACaTS, a federally funded IDeA-CTR focused on collaborative clinical and translational research throughout the state of Louisiana. He is extensively published in high impact medical journals and a national and international presenter.

Dr. Dominic practices at the Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – Heart & Vascular Institute located at 1320 Kings Highway, Suite 200 Shreveport, La., which was the first in the state to be named a comprehensive atrial fibrillation center of excellence by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC). Dr. Dominic is accepting patient referrals at 318-626-0034.

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