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Published on September 30, 2016

New cardiologist helps expand Gundersen's electrophysiology services

While Gundersen Health System has long offered electrophysiology (EP) services, growing patient volumes necessitated adding a full-time specialist. David Ludden, MD, recently joined Gundersen Cardiology where he will add his fellowship training in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology to round out a robust electrophysiology service.

EP is used to help determine if your patient is at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) or cardiovascular disease. If properly diagnosed, once-fatal cardiac arrhythmias can be managed or even cured.

A family tradition

Dr. Ludden has strong ties to Wisconsin having grown up in Appleton, Wis., and doing his fellowship training in Milwaukee.

Dr. Ludden also has strong ties to Gundersen Health System. His grandfather, Edward S. Carlsson, Jr., PhD, was the senior administrator for Gundersen Clinic for 25 years (1966-1991) and his great grandfather, Edward S. Carlsson, Sr., MD, was one of the earliest physicians to practice at the Gundersen Clinic, serving for 50 years (1918-1968).

Dr. Ludden is offering:

  • Diagnostic EP studies (EPS) to help predict if patients are at high risk for SCA
  • Echocardiograms (EKG), Holter monitors and other rhythm monitoring and assessments
  • Ablations including:
    • supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) ablation
    • atrioventricular (AV) junction ablation
    • atrial tachycardia and atrial flutter ablations
  • Ambulatory and hospital consult service for patients with arrhythmias
  • Implant devices for cardiac rhythm management (CRM) including:
    • Pacemaker implants
    • Defibrillator implants
    • Biventricular pacemaker with defibrillator implants
    • Loop recorder implants
  • Ongoing follow-up care for CRM devices

Do you have a patient who has survived a SCA or who suffers symptoms that may indicate a potential arrhythmia problem, such as:

  • Palpitations
  • Syncope, dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abnormal EKG or Holter monitor
  • Documented tachycardias
  • Left ventricular dysfunction
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, particularly with family history of sudden cardiac death
  • Recurrent symptomatic atrial fibrillation who may need further options for therapy

If so, consider a referral to Dr. Ludden for an evaluation. To schedule an appointment for your patient or to consult with Dr. Ludden, call Gundersen Cardiology via MedLink at (800) 336-5465 or in La Crosse at (608) 775-5465.

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