We provide full Electrophysiology services in our dedicated state of the art electrophysiology lab. Our technologies include two 3-Dimensional mapping units, intra-cardiac echo (ICE), radiofrequency ablations (RF) and cryoablations.
Our Electrophysiologist physicians are highly trained and our clinical staff specializes in the treatment of abnormal rhythms.
Our team of Electrophysiologists specializes in the use of today's technologies to care for our patients and our community. From electrophysiology studies and ablations to implanting complex defibrillators, our team is ready to take care of the needs of our patients. The majority of procedures, including pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), and ablations are done with minimally invasive techniques on an outpatient basis (one day or an overnight stay).
Implantable/Injectable Loop Recorders
- A loop recorder is a small device that is implanted or injected below the skin of the patient's chest.
- Measuring no larger than a pack of gum, this powerful device can record any arrhythmias for up to 3 years.
- A pacemaker is a device that regulates the beating of the heart by delivering an electrical impulse through electrodes connected to the heart muscle.
- This device will "pace" the heart rate when it senses your heart is too slow (Bradycardia) and / or it will take over from the heart's natural pacemaker when it is functioning improperly.
- Patients implanted with a pacemaker can expect a quick recovery and return to their previous activity level.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD)
- The ICD device is slightly larger than a pacemaker and monitors the heart for abnormal heart beats which are considered "lethal".
- This device is implanted in patients at risk for sudden cardiac death. The ICD is capable of delivering an internal shock, directly into the heart muscle, when it senses that the heart is in either a rhythm called ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.
- This device will help to convert the heart rhythm back to normal. The ICD can also function as a pacemaker if necessary.
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)
- CRT devices are either pacemakers or defibrillators with an extra lead attached which can pace both ventricles of the heart.
- This device can be programmed to help the ventricles of the heart to synchronize and improve cardiac function.
- This device has been shown to reduce mortality and improve the quality of life in patients with Congestive Heart Failure and a low ejection fraction.
- An arrhythmia is often caused by cells in the heart that "misfire" or change the normal electrical conduction to an abnormal electrical conduction. This misfiring can cause dizziness, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Your physician may prescribe medications to control the abnormal conduction.
- An ablation may be recommended to you when medication fails to control the abnormal rhythm.
- Catheter ablation uses a series of thin, flexible wires (catheters) that are inserted through an artery or vein and guided to the heart.
- Once the Electrophysiologist has made sure you are in the abnormal rhythm, a 3-D map is created showing us the abnormal rhythm's type and location.
- Using the map as a guide, the Electrophysiologist places the catheter in the correct area and destroys the problem cells with a very small and focused radiofrequency wave.
- The Electrophysiologist will then try to induce the abnormal rhythm to make sure that the problem cells are no longer causing a problem. Once we find that there is no longer a problem we consider the procedure successful.
- Cryoballoon catheter ablation represents an alternative to traditional RF energy ablation associated with similar outcomes for paroxysmal AF patients but with shorter procedure times and less radiation exposure.
3-Dimensional Mapping (3-D)
- 3-D maps of the heart and its chambers are created in "real time" to help visualize the source and path of the arrhythmia. At our facility we have both the Velocity and Carto 3 mapping systems. Equipped with the latest software, they aid our team in seeing the structures of the heart so we can position the catheters within 1mm accuracy of the problem cells.
- Improved visualization helps reduce x-ray exposure as well as significantly decreasing the length of the procedure.
Intra Cardiac Echocardiography (ICE)
- An ICE catheter is a small ultrasound device placed within the heart. ICE provides clear information about the structure of the heart as well as the position of the catheter.
- With our high resolution pictures that we get with ICE, the Electrophysiologist is able to cross between atrial chambers safely and efficiently. By minimizing the potential for complications, the Electrophysiologist can focus on the task of ridding the heart of the problem cells.