Electrophysiology is a rapidly growing field, and our electrophysiologists are at the forefront of new cures and treatments for many forms of cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms).
Our electrophysiologists have developed new techniques for treating atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, treatments which are being used throughout the world today.
We perform large numbers of pacemaker and defibrillator implantation procedures to treat patients with cardiac arrhythmias. And our newly remodeled electrophysiology lab is the most advanced in the region.
Do You Have an Irregular Heartbeat?
Conditions we diagnose and manage include:
- Atrial flutter
- Atrial fibrillation
- Supraventricular tachycardia
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Ventricular dyssyncrony causing congestive heart failure
- Complete heart block
Pacemaker and ICD Implantation
Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) deliver energy to the heart through thin, flexible wires called leads. In the majority of cases, we can place the devices with minimally invasive techniques on an outpatient basis (one day or an overnight stay). Learn more about pacemakers or ICDs.
In the last decade our team has performed more than 3,000 catheter ablations, a treatment to disrupt the part of the electrical pathway that causes arrhythmia. It can provide relief to patients may not have responded well to medications. We have extensive experience in various ablation approaches, including the use of the new Hansen Sensei Robotic System. Learn more about catheter ablation.
Laser Lead Extraction
Only a small number of medical centers offer this complex surgery to removed damaged or infected pacemaker leads. We perform more than 100 lead extractions annually, more than any other facility in the region. We are the only one to perform laser lead extraction in a hybrid operating room and with two physicians – a cardiac electrophysiologist and a cardiothoracic surgeon – enormously enhancing the patient’s safety. Learn more about laser lead extraction, including a video interview with our 100th patient.
Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion
We also offer left atrial appendage occlusion, a treatment strategy to prevent blood clot formation in patients with atrial fibrillation. This procedure can be done from the inside of the heart with a Watchman device or from the outside using a Lariat device. Only a few medical centers offer the Lariat procedure, and we perform it in our hybrid operating room with both a cardiothoracic surgeons and an cardiac electrophysiologists. After a Lariat appendage closure, a patient may be taken off anticoagulant medication, while minimizing the risk of any stroke.
Learn about the methods we use to diagnose arrhythmias