Rhea C. Pimental, MD, FACC

Associate Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
Program Director, CCEP Fellowship
Medical School, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (Chicago, IL)
Residency, University Hospitals of Cleveland (Cleveland, OH)
CV Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland Ohio
CCEP Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)


Clinical Interests

  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Device Implantation (Pacemaker/ICD/CRT)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation(AFIB/SVT/VT)
  • Sudden Cardiac Death Screening
  • Device/Pacemaker/ICD Lead Extraction

Research Projects

Active projects

  • A study of 50/50% tilt and tuned waveforms in right sided implants, sponsored by St. Jude Medical.
  • A registry of market-approved In-Sync devices, sponsored by Medtronic.

Selected Publications

  • Lakkireddy D, Rangisetty U, Prasad S, Verma A, Biria M, Berenbom L, Pimentel R, Emert M, Rosamond T, Fahmy T, Patel D, Di Biase L, Schweikert R, Burkhardt D, Natale A. Intracardiac echo guided radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in patients with atrial septal defect (ASD) or patent foramen ovale (PFO) repair: a feasibility, safety and efficacy study. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2008 Nov;19(11):1137-42. Epub 2008 Jul 25.

Selected Abstracts Presented at National Meetings

  • Biria M, Pillarisetti J, Annapureddy C, Baryun E, Newton D, Kreighbaum K, Murray C, Staley J, Berenbom L, Pimentel R, Vanga S, Vacek J, Emert M, Nath J, Rosamond T, Raxwal V, Mulhern K, Gupta K, Verma A, Lakkireddy D. Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Alters Progression of Diastolic Dysfunction. Presented at the 2008 Heart Rhythm Society Annual Meeting, May 14-17 2008, San Francisco California.
  • Baryun E, Biria M, Berenbom L, Mulhern K, Rosamond T, Pimentel R, Emert M, Ray W, Lakkireddy D. Remote Magnetic Navigation and Ablation of Intra-atrial Reentrant Tachycardia Via a Retrograde Approach in a Patients with Post Mustard D-TGA. Presented at the 2008 Heart Rhythm Society Annual Meeting, May 14-17 2008, San Francisco California.
  • Biria M, Pillarisetti J, Annapureddy C, Baryun E, Newton D, Kreighbaum K, Murray C, Staley J, Berenbom L, Pimentel R, Vanga S, Vacek J, Emert M, Porter C, Genton R, Nath J, Gupta K, Lakkireddy D. The Impact of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy on Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire (KCCQ) Score in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure. Presented at the 2008 Heart Rhythm Society Annual Meeting, May 14-17 2008, San Francisco California.
  • Simmons A, Rosamond T, Nath J, Lakkireddy D, Wetzel L, Vacek J, Pimentel R, Emert E,  Berenbom L, Biria M. 64 slice Cardiac CTA in the Diagnosis of Left Atrial Appendage Thrombus:  Comparison to Transesophageal Echocardiography. Presented at the 14th World Congress on Heart Disease - International Academy of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions 2008, July 26-29 2008, Toronto Ontario, Canada.
  • Biria M, Baryun E, Vacek J, Dalton K, Earnest M, Emert M, Pimentel R, Lakkireddy D, Berenbom L. Outcomes and Cost Analysis of Transvenous vs. Prophylactic Intraoperative Implantation of CRT Leads (PROPEL study). Presented at the 14th World Congress on Heart Disease - International Academy of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions 2008, July 26-29 2008, Toronto Ontario, Canada.
  • Lakkireddy D, Pillarisetti J, Verma A, Pimentel R, Vanga S, Rajoli S, Berenbom L, Emert M, Dendi R, Rosamond T. Impact of Common Pulmonary Veins (CPV) on the Short Term Outcomes of Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation (AF). Presented at the 2009 Heart Rhythm Society Annual Meeting, May 13-16 2009, Boston Massachusetts.
  • Biria M, Annapureddy C, Newton D, Pillarisetti J, Baryun E, Berenbom L, Pimentel R, Vanga S, Vacek J, Emert M, Nath J, Verma A, Khaykin Y, Natale A, Murray C, Staley J, Lakkireddy D. Leukocytosis Post Atrial Fibrillation Ablation - Is There A Reason To Worry? Presented at the 14th World Congress on Heart Disease - International Academy of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions 2008, July 26-29 2008, Toronto Ontario, Canada.
  • Lakkireddy D, Pillarisetti J, Duthuluru S, Dendi R, Pimentel R, Emert M, Verma A, Natale A. Localization of Muscle Sleeves and Focal Triggers Around Superior Vena Cava (SVC) - Right Atrial (RA) Junction in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation. Presented at the 2009 Heart Rhythm Society Annual Meeting, May 13-16 2009, Boston Massachusetts.
  • Vanga S, Pillarisetti J, Biria M, Rajoli S, Berenbom L, Pimentel R, Emert M, Dendi R, Lakkireddy D. Overcoming Fluid Overload After Atrial Fibrillation Ablation with an Open Irrigated Catheter: Role of Scheduled Diuresis and Electrolyte Replacement. Presented at the 2009 Heart Rhythm Society Annual Meeting, May 13-16 2009, Boston Massachusetts.
  • Lakkireddy D, Pillarisetti J, Verma A, Natale A, Berenbom L, Emert M, Pimentel R, Dendi R. Radiofrequency Ablation in Patients with Recurrent Symptomatic Atrial Fibrillation and Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - The Heart to Gut Connection. Presented at the 2009 Heart Rhythm Society Annual Meeting, May 13-16 2009, Boston Massachusetts.
  • Lakkireddy D, Biria M, Pillarisetti J, Verma A, Vanga S, Pimentel R, Emert M, Berenbom L, Dendi R. Sinus Node Dysfunction, Tachy-brady Rhythm, & Extensive Biatrial Scarring - Recognizing a New Clinical Syndrome of Atriomyopathy in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation. Presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2009, November 14-18 2009, Orlando Florida.
  • Pillarisetti J, Falbe J, Dendi R, Pimentel R, Emert M, Lakkireddy D, Berenbom L. Experience with Fidelis Lead Extractions at a Single Academic Center. Presented at the 59th Annual ACC Scientific Sessions 2010, March 14-16 2010, Atlanta Georgia.
  • Vanga S, Subramaniyam P, Berenbom L, Emert M, Pimentel R, Dendi R, Lakkireddy D. Narrowing of Pulmonary Vein Ostial Dimensions After Isolation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation: True Stenosis or Volume Reduction? Presented at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Sessions 2010, May 12-15 2010, Denver Colorado.
  • Vanga S, Bicknell D, Dendi R, Pimentel R, Berenbom L, Emert M, Gerken A, Newton D, Natale A, Di Biase L, Dawn B, Lakkireddy D. Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) for Sinus Rhythm Restoration in Atrial Fibrillation Patients with Mitral or Aortic Mechanical Prosthetic Valves - Feasibility, Safety and Efficacy. Presented at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Sessions 2010, May 12-15 2010, Denver Colorado.
  • Subramaniyam P, Vanga S, Guda R, Kumari P, Murray C, Berenbom L, Pimentel R, Emert M, Dendi R, Salmons J, Lakkireddy D. Prevalence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Phantom Shocks and Lead Failure in Patients with Medtronic Sprint Fidelis ICD Leads. Presented at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Sessions 2010, May 12-15 2010, Denver Colorado.
  • Pillarisetti J, Biria M, Emert M, Chotia R, Guda R, Vacek J, Dendi R, Pimentel R, Berenbom L, Lakkireddy D. Reasons for Under-Utilization of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators in Patients with Heart Failure. Presented at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Sessions 2010, May 12-15 2010, Denver Colorado.
  • Biria M, Pillarisetti J, Reddy N, Murray C, Patel P, Vanga S, Dendi R, Pimentel R, Emert M, Berenbom L, Vacek J, Lakkireddy D. Elevated Beta Natriuretic Peptide Levels in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation: Is it a Predictor of Successful Ablation or a Mere Function of Point in Time Atrial Rhythm? Presented at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Sessions 2010, May 12-15 2010, Denver Colorado.
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Rhea C. Pimental, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine - Cardiology
Program Director, CCEP Fellowship

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