Electrophysiologists specifically study the electrical circuit of the heart. The CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center has a team of physicians who are widely respected experts in the management of cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal rhythm of the heart).
- Electrophysiology studies - These are special procedures that provide information about the origin and characteristics of arrhythmias.
- Tilt table tests - These procedures help to determine the cause of syncope (fainting or passing out).
- Pacemakers - A pacemaker is a device that functions only when the heartbeat is too slow—when it then provides a timed, electrical signal to the heart. Most pacemakers can be programmed to fit the specific needs of each person.
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) - An ICD is a device, similar to a pacemaker, that is used to treat heart rhythm disorders. The device is placed inside the body during a surgical procedure.
- Catheter ablation - This is a procedure used to ablate (destroy) parts of the abnormal electrical pathway that is causing a heart rhythm problem. During catheter ablation, doctors insert an electrode catheter (a long, flexible wire) into the heart.
Our electrophysiology procedures include:
- intra-cardiac echo
- 3-D mapping
- adult and pediatric ablation
- bi-ventricular pacemakers/defibrillators
- atrial fibrillation devices
- heart failure devices
- diagnostic electrophysiology studies
- supraventricular and ventricular aAblation
- atrial fibrillation ablation
The CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center recently expanded its services with a new electrophysiology (EP) laboratory.
Catheter ablation is performed in the EP lab to treat abnormal heart rhythms. During these procedures, catheters are placed in the heart to diagnose a patientís rhythm abnormality. Once the diagnosis is established, radiowaves are directed to the area of the heart causing the problem. The radiowaves heat the tissue, damaging a small area of heart muscle responsible for the abnormal heart rhythm. In most cases, patients are cured of the abnormal heart rhythm.
The new EP lab features state-of-the-art imaging and mapping systems. These new facilities enhance the Heart Centerís abilities to provide the most sophisticated and innovative treatment to arrhythmia patients.