This procedure involves the use of special catheters, which employs various forms of energy to “burn away” short circuits or abnormal “spots” within the heart that can be the cause of cardiac arrhythmias. This is done in conjunction with an electrophysiology study.
The placement of “wires” (called leads) into the heart using x-ray guidance via veins within the upper chest and connection to a generator (“battery”) and placed under the skin in the upper chest. This is done to treat “slow” heart rhythms and electrical blockages, which may cause patients to pass out, feel dizzy and/or tired.
This involves the placement of leads into the heart to treat certain “fast” (tachy) abnormal heart rhythms and in patients who are at risk of having one of the rhythms that may lead the heart to essentially “stop”.
These are pacemakers and defibrillators that are placed using a special “third” lead behind the major pumping chamber (left ventricle) of the heart. This technology has been shown to improve the function of this chamber in the majority of patients in whom they are implanted.
This device is a small monitor (about the size of your smallest finger), which is implanted under the chest wall skin (no lead required) to monitor the heart rate and rhythm that have unexplained symptoms, such as recurrent syncope (passing out) etc.