I've been going to Dr. Gowda for over 5 yrs. Dr Gowda meets
you with a warm smile and a big hug, just like a family
friend!! I highly recommend Dr. Gowda for your next visit!!
—Linda T. in Monroe Township, NJ – Nov 18, 2018
Dr. Gowda installed a pacemaker and later performed an
ablation on me in June of 2018. I could not have found a
more caring, compassionate, and professional cardiologist.
She explained both procedures thoroughly. Her mannerisms and
assurances alleviated a lot of apprehension both for me and
—Robert R. in Milltown, NJ – Nov 01, 2018
Dr. Gowda is the best. I would definitely highly recommend
—George A. in NJ – Oct 09, 2018
My cardiologist recommended Dr. Gowda as was I was diagnosed
with AFIB. She thoroughly explained the pros and cons of the
procedure. An ablation was preformed in Feb. 2017. 1 1/2
months later, I am in perfect rhythm thanks to the
knowledgeable and professionalism of Dr. Gowda. She comes
highly recommended by me and her peers. Just received the
Inside Jersey magazine listing the Exclusive List of
Jersey's Best Top Doctors and she is among them!
—John in East Brunswick, NJ – Sep 19, 2018
Dr. Gowda is very knowledgeable as well as personable. She
takes her time to listen to you and makes sure that you
understand her recommendations. I would highly recommend her
to family and friends.
—L. Laning in Somerset, NJ – Sep 19, 2018
Magnetic Navigation Treatment for Heart Arrhythmias
Last fall, Ron Dunham found himself in the Emergency
Department at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH),
where shock paddles were waiting, wondering “What am I doing
here?” He was in good health, except that his heart
sometimes felt like it was racing. There wasn’t any pain and
it would come and go, so he paid little attention.
One day in November, Mr. Dunham was working from his Long
Branch home and expressed his concern to his wife Maryann,
during a phone conversation. As a nurse, Mrs. Dunham
insisted he see his primary care physician right away. Mr.
Dunham drove himself to Thomas A. Schwartzer, MD, an
internist with Central Jersey Internal Medicine Associates,
PA in Somerset. Two electrocardiogram (EKG) tests followed.
Results from the first test were normal, but results from
the second test were cause for concern. “Dr. Schwartzer and
his associate, Christina Wang-Epstein, MD said to my wife
“We have to take Ron to the hospital,” Mr. Dunham recalls.
An ambulance, not his wife, would transport him to RWJUH
where Mr. Dunham was found to have a potentially
He spent the next nine days being monitored in the Intensive
Care Unit (ICU). There was another EKG, a cardiac
catheterization, and another echocardiogram, magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) and a stress test. No significant
abnormalities were found, but the dangerous heart rhythms
continued. Subhashini A. Gowda, MD, a cardiologist with the
New Brunswick Cardiology Group in Somerset, determined that
Mr. Dunham was experiencing ventricular tachycardia, or
recurrent symptomatic abnormal heart rhythms.
Initially Mr. Dunham was treated with medication but there
was no guarantee it would work, Dr. Gowda explains. Mr.
Dunham remained stable, but the tachycardia was accompanied
by drops in blood pressure, which were concerning.
Following a consult with Clifford D. Gladstone, MD, also
with the New Brunswick Cardiology Group, they decided to
take him to the Electrophysiology (EP) Lab for an
electrophysiological study and 3D mapping of the heart,
induction of the arrhythmia and elimination of its source
through delivery of radiofrequency energy using the
With Stereotaxis technology, doctors can perform remotely
controlled, image-guided computerized heart procedures more
precisely and safely than traditional methods allowed. It is
used to treat a number of irregularities including
arrhythmias, heart failure, and coronary artery disease.
“This technology is amazing,” Dr. Gowda says. “It allows for
detailed mapping and studying almost all parts inside of the
heart. The catheters soft, flexible tip can easily be
manipulated without major concern about causing damage to
the heart tissue.”
Dr. Gowda used Stereotaxis to search for triggers that
caused Mr. Dunham’s rapid heartbeat. In the bottom chamber
of the heart, on the left ventricle, around the mitral
valve, she found an area of early activation that was
causing his arrhythmia.
Mr. Dunham underwent an ablation, which is the burning or
removal of cells causing abnormal electrical impulses
leading to arrhythmia, and then he went home. “I came home
and was able to return to work soon after,” Mr. Dunham, now
62, said. “My heart rate has been regular since the
procedure. Special thanks to Dr. Gowda and her team for a
job well done!”