Electrophysiology Lab


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The electrophysiology service conducts testing and provides treatment for cardiac rhythm disturbances. The service admits inpatients, treats outpatients in its own facilities and in other outpatient areas, and provides educational services within the community. Current hours of operation for the electrophysiology service are 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Major diagnoses represented in the patient population served by electrophysiology include sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT), supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), cardiac arrest, syncope, and sinus and AV node dysfunction (bradyarrhythmias). Major procedures performed include baseline EP study for diagnosis of an arrhythmia, tilt table testing for syncope, ablation for VT and SVT rhythm disturbances, cardioversion for atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial flutter, and permanent pacemaker and ICD implantation with follow-up care. Most cases are performed with moderate sedation, with the exception of cardioversion, AF and VT ablations, and any pediatric cases, which are then performed under general anesthesia. All lead extractions are performed in the OR under general anesthesia with cardio-thoracic surgical back-up. We provide state of the art advanced mapping systems for use in complex ablation cases.

The EP Outpatient clinic is scheduled three times a week. Wednesday clinic is designed for patients with a pacemaker or ICD and is held from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.. Tuesday clinic is from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and is for initial consultation and non-device follow-up. Friday clinic is for this purpose as well, and is scheduled from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. Trans-telephonic monitoring of ICD and pacemaker patients has allowed these patients to only be seen in clinic every six months instead of every three months.

This page was last updated: July 23, 2013

         
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