MUSC Heart & Vascular Center

Heart and Vascular Center

Frank P. Tourville Sr. Arrhythmia Treatment Center at MUSC

The Frank P. Tourville Sr. Arrhythmia Treatment Center provides comprehensive clinical, research and education programs to treat the growing incidence of cardiac arrhythmia, which is among the top reasons for hospitalizations in South Carolina and the United States. Because arrhythmia risk increases dramatically with age and obesity, it is becoming an increasingly pervasive problem as Baby Boomers continue to reach senior status and gain weight. MUSC has long been recognized as a South Carolina heart center for cardiac arrhythmia treatment. About 25 percent of our cardiac electrophysiology patients come from outside of South Carolina, including many from throughout the United States and other countries.

The most common form of sustained arrhythmia — atrial fibrillation — already has been diagnosed in 2.2 million Americans and that number is increasing at a rate of about 750,000 new cases per year. If current trends continue, 15 million Americans will have atrial fibrillation by 2050.

The Tourville Arrhythmia Center at MUSC is the first arrhythmia center in South Carolina and one of only a few in the Southeast. Long recognized nationally and internationally for its clinical expertise in treating atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmia treatment methods, the MUSC Heart and Vascular Center appointed J. Marcus Wharton, M.D. a pioneer in electrophysiology and atrial fibrillation ablation, as the center’s director.

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The Frank P. Tourville Sr. Arrhythmia Center was made possible by a grant from Zeus Industrial Products, Inc., honoring its founder, Frank P. Tourville, Sr. of Orangeburg. S.C. The grant enables the Center to expand the medical staff and facilities in Ashley River Tower hospital, to fund its EP fellowship program, and to fund both clinical and basic science research in arrhythmias. The grant also endows a professorship for Dr. J. Marcus Wharton, the Center’s director. MUSC expresses its profound gratitude for these gifts.

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