Electrophysiology/Cardiac Rhythm Management
In the United States, more than 850,000 people are hospitalized each year for an abnormal heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmias).
Electrophysiology is used to diagnose and treat patients with all types of arrhythmias such as:
- Atrial fibrillation
- Atrial flutter
- Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)
- Ventricular tachycardia (VT)
A full-service electrophysiology lab is available at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Physicians who are board-certified in clinical electrophysiology lead the hospital’s heart care team in offering such procedures as:
EP Studies are used to determine what is causing arrhythmias by recording the path of the heart’s electrical signals.
Catheter ablation is a minimally invasive treatment that cauterizes (burns) cells of the heart muscle that are causing the abnormal heart rhythm.
Pacemakers are small, battery-operated devices that send electrical impulses to the heart to help it beat more regularly.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
ICDs deliver electrical shocks to the heart. These devices can sense the heart rhythm and, as needed, can pace the heart.