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Joseph G. Akar, MD, PhD

Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

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Affiliated With: Yale Medicine

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Biography - Joseph G. Akar, MD, PhD

Joseph Akar, MD, PhD, is director of Yale Medicine’s Electrophysiology and Cardiac Arrhythmia Program. As an electrophysiologist, he treats the “electrical wiring” of the heart, which he describes as being not unlike the wiring in a house. The system must work properly, but the electricity in one of the chambers could get disrupted, he says. Heartbeat sequences that are too fast or slow—or otherwise irregular—can lead to serious problems, including stroke and sudden cardiac death. “It’s very important for the heart to have a uniform and consistent rhythm,” he says.

Dr. Akar treats a variety of issues that can develop in people of all ages, including those with otherwise healthy hearts. He uses techniques such as catheter ablation, a minimally invasive procedure that deliberately cauterizes the electrical short circuits in order to even out erratic rhythms, or arrhythmias. This technique has emerged as a treatment for complex problems such as refractory atrial fibrillation, which is the most common arrhythmia in humans, or ventricular tachycardia which is a major cause of sudden cardiac death. “The advent of ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia has really revolutionized the field,” Dr. Akar says.

He also has expertise in performing these ablations without fluoroscopy, an X-ray technique that can involve high radiation doses.

Patients who have heart rhythm problems should not hesitate to seek treatment, Dr. Akar says. “We’ve done a lot of work at Yale in refining our technology and techniques for the management of complex arrhythmias,” he says. “It’s been nothing but revolutionary as far as our ability to restore normal rhythms in cases that, in the past, we would never have dreamed that we would be able to.”

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Overview

Gender

Male

Specialty

Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Conditions & Treatments

Arrhythmia, Atrial Fibrillation, Biventricular Pacing, Cardiac Resynchronization, Heart Disease, Implantable Device, Radiofrequency Ablation, Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT), Ventricular Tachycardia (VT), Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

Language(s)

English;Spanish

Education & Training

Education

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Internship

Yale New Haven Hospital

Residency

Yale New Haven Hospital

Fellowship

University of Virginia Health System

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YES! This insurance is accepted.

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  • COMMUNITY CARE NETWORK
  • CONNECTICARE
  • CORVEL
  • FIRST HEALTH NETWORK
  • FOCUS HEALTHCARE
  • GREAT WEST
  • HUSKY
  • MEDICAID
  • MEDICARE
  • MULTIPLAN
  • OXFORD HEALTH PLANS
  • RAILROAD MEDICARE
  • TRICARE/CHAMPUS
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE
  • US FAMILY HEALTH PLAN
  • WELLCARE

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800 Howard Ave
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New Haven, CT 06519

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New Haven, CT 06510

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500 West Putnam Avenue
Suite 350
Greenwich, CT 06830

Main (203) 863-4210
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