15 Nov EP (Electrophysiology)
The EP (Electrophysiology) Program at ARH gives patients with heart rhythm disorders the gift of living longer and enjoying an enhanced quality of life. Cardiac conditions we treat at the ARH Cardiac EP Program include irregular heartbeats, syncope (fainting) and other heart rhythm disorders. The ARH EP Program treats patients using ablation procedures for abnormal rhythms of the heart such as AFib; along with devices, which include pacemakers, defibrillators, and implants used to treat heart rhythm problems that could be life-threatening. *Schoen
Catheter Ablation: 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.
Pacemaker Implantation: 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.
Defibrillator Implantation: This involves the placement of leads into the heart to treat certain “fast” (tachy) abnormal heart rhythms and in patients who are at risk to having one of the rhythms that may lead the heart to essentially “stop”.
Cardiac Resynchronization (Biventricular) Devices: These are pacemakers and defibrillators that are placed using a special “third” lead place 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.
Implantable Loop Recorder: This device is a small monitor (about the size of your small 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.