FROM OUR PARTNERSDr. Ashish Sadhu

From an early age, some people know exactly what they want to be when they grow up. That was the case for Dr. Ashish Sadhu, MD, FHRS, FACC.

“I wanted to become an MD from an early age because I wanted to help people,” he says while taking a bite of his breakfast burrito. Dr. Sadhu has carried this philosophy throughout his medical training and now, for over 10 years, into private practice in Phoenix, Arizona.

His morning routine consists of a cup of coffee and, if time permits, a ride on his Peloton to get him going. He’s definitely a morning person, explaining, “I’m an early to bed, early to rise kind of guy. I’m way more productive, faster and agile in the mornings.”

Dr. Ashish Sadhu

Dr. Sadhu, a practicing Cardiac Electrophysiologist, completed his residency at the nearby University of Arizona in Tucson and followed up with fellowships at Texas Tech University and the University of Massachusetts. Cardiac Electrophysiologists (commonly shortened to “EP”) help patients suffering from cardiac arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and instances where the heart beats too “quickly” (tachycardia) or “slowly” (bradycardia). Common symptoms of these ailments include heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath and lightheadedness.

More impressive than his credentials and job description is his clinical experience with the WATCHMAN™ to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation (NVAF). The WATCHMAN™ Implant is a Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) device that serves as a one-time procedure to help patients reduce their risk of a stroke for a lifetime and is a life changing alternative to blood thinners. As of today, “more than 70,000 patients worldwide have received the WATCHMAN™ implant,” he adds.

He has been a pioneer in treating atrial fibrillation patients with the WATCHMAN™, and has grown the therapy to be one of the top 10 implanters in the U.S. He rejoices that “even though other practices use the device in Arizona, we are proud to be the provider that has implanted the most.” At the heart of it, no pun intended, Dr. Sadhu cares for his patients experiencing arrhythmias and other heart conditions. Whether it’s performing a cardiac ablation or getting a patient off of blood thinners for life, Dr. Sadhu is dedicated to providing the best possible care.

To contact Dr. Sadhu, reach him by phone at (480) 744-6016 or by email at watchmanaz@gmail.com.

Banner University Medical Center, Phoenix and Dignity St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

AFib by the numbers
1. AFib is the most common cardiac arrhythmia affecting more than 33 million people worldwide.
2. There are more than 200,000 new cases in the U.S. per year.
3. A person with AFib is 5x more likely to suffer a stroke than someone with a regular heartbeat.
4. Stroke is the No. 1 cause of adult disability worldwide.
5. 70% of AFib related strokes result in death or permanent disability.

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