Electrophysiology and Pacing Electrophysiology and Pacing

Electrophysiology and Pacing

The Electrophysiology and Pacing speciality of the Center for Excellence of Heart and Vascular Care provides specialized diagnostic procedures and treatment for the management of complex heart rhythm disorders (arrythmias). Our experts are equipped to treat conditions from atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, flutter, sudden cardiac arrest, ventricular fibrillation, structural heart disease and other abnormal heart rhythms. 

The electrophysiology laboratory offers a spectrum of electrophysiology mapping and ablation procedures to patients with suspected abnormalities. Other services include electrophysiology studies, catheter ablation procedures for arrythmias, cardioversion, cardiac implantable electronic devices cardiac resynchronization pacemakers and cardioverter-defibrillators.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have an MRI with a pacemaker?

An MRI is a diagnostic imaging tool used to take images of your body using magnets. Some pacemaker devices are approved to have an MRI but always talk with your doctor before having this test to make sure it is safe for you. 

What is an EP study and why do I need one?

An EP study is a non-invasive procedure that provides information to treat heart rhythm disorders performed by a specialist (an electrophysiologist). A catheter is inserted through the groin or neck into a blood vessel and navigated with the help of a fluoroscope. The data collected from the study informs the cardiologist to accurately diagnose the source of the arrhythmia and effectively create a treatment plan.

Will I feel the pacemaker?

At first, you may feel the weight of the device in your chest. But, over time, most people get used to it. 
Most device batteries will last at least 5 to 7 years, depending on use. After that time, the battery or pulse generator will need to be replaced.