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Electrophysiology

Electrophysiology is the study of electrical activity in the heart; how the heart beats. Our doctors are cardiologists who specialize in the electrical system of the heart.

We have a dedicated, state-of-the-art EP lab, where our cardiologists can address conditions such as ICDs, pacemakers, EP studies and mapping, atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation, SVT, V T and AV nodes. These include:

  • Catheter ablation. This procedure uses radio waves or freezing to silence an abnormal area in the heart's electrical system, which is usually found during an electrophysiology study.
  • Permanent pacemaker. A permanent pacemaker is inserted into the patient's heart and upper chest to provide a reliable heartbeat when the heart's own rhythm is too slow or irregular.
  • Internal cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). A defibrillator wire is inserted into the patient's heart and connected to an implanted device in the chest to send out a small amount of electricity when needed to jolt the heart rhythm back to normal.