More than 3.5 million Americans are diagnosed every year with atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common type of irregular heartbeat. If left untreated, AF can lead to stroke, heart disease and even death.
The Ben and Zelda Cohen Heart Rhythm Center at the LifeBridge Health Cardiovascular Institute at Sinai Hospital is the Baltimore region’s premier location for the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats. Our board-certified experts are considered “electricians of the heart,” and they use the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment to image, map and treat a full range of heart rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, ventricular tachycardia and supaventricular tachycardia.
The Cohen Heart Rhythm Center is one of only two centers in Baltimore that uses the CryoAblation procedure to treat atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders. This advanced technology utilizes a balloon-tipped catheter to isolate the tissue in the pulmonary vein and freeze it. The procedure only takes about three minutes, and patients are fully recovered within 48 hours.
In addition to ablation procedures, our experts also treat patients with pacemakers, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization devices. Patients can also be monitored by our physicians using smartphone apps and other home-monitoring devices. Most recently, Sinai Hospital became one of the first hospitals to use the Medtronic LINQ device, a monitor that can lay under the skin for up to two-to-three years and automatically record any abnormal heart rhythm.
To further advance the care of patients, our physicians also conduct clinical and laboratory research to evaluate new treatments for arrhythmia and other heart rhythm disorders.
Dr. Banker is a board-certified physician who specializes in cardiac electrophysiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine.
Dr. Banker received his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He completed his residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital and his fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.