Ryan Levy, MD, chief of thoracic surgery at UPMC Passavant

Xin (Jim) Zhang, MD, electrophysiologist, recently joined UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute on the east and west shores, and he is looking forward to seeing new patients — and helping them achieve a better quality of life.

“I think there’s nothing better in medicine than to be able to help a patient definitively and then to see their lives are truly improved afterwards,” says Dr. Zhang. 

As an electrophysiologist, Dr. Zhang is a cardiologist who subspecializes in diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders — which may involve slow or fast heart rhythms. The most common heart rhythm disorder in the United States is atrial fibrillation, also commonly known as AFib.  

“Following a heart-healthy lifestyle can help prevent AFib, as well as reduce complications if you are already diagnosed with AFib,” says Dr. Zhang. 

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Dr. Zhang shares some specific tips for a heart-healthy lifestyle: 

  • Get regular physical activity (aim for 30 minutes a day)
  • Follow a heart-healthy dietthat’slow in salt, saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol 
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Manage cholesterol
  • Control blood pressure
  • Avoid use of any form of tobacco
  • Avoid excessive intake of alcohol and caffeine

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Zhang, call 717-731-0101. 


About Heart and Vascular Institute

The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute has long been a leader in cardiovascular care, with a rich history in clinical research and innovation. As one of the first heart transplant centers in the country and as the developer of one of the first heart-assist devices, UPMC has contributed to advancing the field of cardiovascular medicine. We strive to provide the most advanced, cutting-edge care for our patients, treating both common and complex conditions. We also offer services that seek to improve the health of our communities, including heart screenings, free clinics, and heart health education. Find an expert near you.

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