She made an appointment at her primary care practice, LVPG Family Medicine–Stroudsburg. There, an EKG was performed and her primary care physician, Oliana Ros, MD, suspected WPW. Wild was referred to cardiologist and electrophysiologist Simon Gringut, MD, with Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute, who saw her a few days later. He confirmed the WPW diagnosis and planned timely follow-up treatment.
“You just don’t think you’re going to go to the doctor and have a diagnosis like that,” says Wild, a former instructor at various School of Rock locations. “Dr. Ros and Dr. Gringut knew exactly what to do and I feel lucky.”
Dr. Ros says primary care clinicians are trained to see a wide variety of medical conditions. “Seeing your primary care physician when you have new symptoms can lead to early diagnosis and treatment, which improves your prognosis,” Dr. Ros says.
Wild says Dr. Gringut explained how he would treat the electrical signaling problem with an ablation procedure. “He said, ‘We’re going to get you in and fix this.’ He did and we’re good now,” says Wild. “I loved him. He’s got a great sense of humor and made me feel very comfortable, that everything would be OK. He explained the risks and benefits and I felt like I was in really good hands.”
In an ablation, doctors thread electrode catheters through a vein or artery to the area of the heart causing the abnormal heartbeat and use mild, painless, radiofrequency energy (similar to microwave heat) to destroy cells in a very small area of the heart responsible for the rapid heartbeat. “We were able to cauterize the part of the heart causing the problem,” says Dr. Gringut.
Wild says she went to the catheterization lab at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono for the ablation procedure in the morning and was home that evening. The only reminder of the procedure, she says, are two “miniscule” scars on her leg.