Dr. Jaydutt Patel: The Medical Reserve Corps

Volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps allows individuals with training in medicine or public health the chance to bolster and improve local health, safety, and community emergency preparedness efforts.

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers perform a number of important services, and train both individually and in group settings to improve their skills and abilities. Training can consist of coursework, or it can be part of a drill that simulates an incident in the community. Along with the chance to keep skills sharp, Medical Reserve Corps volunteers may be asked to put those skills to use in the event of an emergency situation. Another important role volunteers play is in the advancement of public health through teaching and preventive measures.

Along with providing a valuable service, Medical Reserve Corps volunteers are exposed to a wide social network and experience the satisfaction of helping others in need.

For more information on becoming a Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, visit http://www.medicalreservecorps.gov.

About Jaydutt Patel, MD:
A cardiologist based at Saint Vincent Heart and Vascular Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dr. Jaydutt Patel is a supporter of the Medical Reserve Corps.


About Dr. Jaydutt Patel MD

As one of 11 heart specialists known collectively as Consultants in Cardiovascular Diseases, Inc. (CICDI), Dr. Jaydutt Patel serves on an elite team of physicians with a high level of expertise in diagnosis of and intervention in cardiac conditions. Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dr. Jaydutt Patel and his colleagues perform in-office nuclear cardiac testing and echocardiography, with a lab fully accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories. Among other heart-related conditions, Dr. Jaydutt Patel treats ventricular and supraventricular arrhythmias at CICDI. Arrhythmia, or abnormal beating of the heart, typically poses a danger because it results in lower levels of blood transport to the rest of the body. Ventricular simply refers to problems in the heart’s two lower chambers, and supraventricular to those that occur in the upper chambers. Catheter ablation, another area of expertise for Dr. Jaydutt Patel, consists of inserting an electrode catheter, a long, thin, flexible wire, into the heart and sending heat through it. This procedure enables a skilled cardiac electrophysiologist such as Dr. Jaydutt Patel to reach and destroy an abnormal electrical pathway that causes heart arrhythmia. Trained heart physicians such as Dr. Patel may implant a pacemaker or defibrillator to solve heart-rate problems. A pacemaker speeds up a habitually slow heartbeat and a defibrillator tends to return an abnormally fast heartbeat to a more normal pace. Dr. Jaydutt Patel has training and experience with placement and removal of both devices. Dr. Patel has demonstrated particular expertise with the Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD): he co-authored an article titled “ICD Implantation in Patients with Ischemic Left Ventricular Dysfunction,” which appeared in the February 2009 issue of the journal Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Patel’s article considers implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy as a tool for recognizing patients who have an increased potential for sudden and fatal cardiac arrest and who would likely benefit from ICD therapy.
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