Electrophysiologists are cardiologists specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of heart rhythm problems and their accompanying complications. An abnormal heart rate or rhythm (arrhythmia) are diagnosed and treated.
Physicians use arrhythmia monitoring to identify the cause, location, and best treatment of abnormal heart rhythms. We are able to monitor for heart rhythm abnormalities using Holter monitors, event monitors, and implantable loop recorders.
Electrophysiology (EP) Testing
EP testing is used to diagnose arrhythmias. This is a procedure done in the hospital where the electrical system of the heart is evaluated using catheters placed inside the heart. EP testing is used to determine which type of abnormal heart rhythm is present and to help determine the best treatment option.
Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation (Ablation)
Ablation is a procedure that uses electrical energy to treat tissues in the heart that are causing abnormal heart rhythms. Performed in the hospital, ablation is done through catheters placed inside of the heart and identifies the source of the irregular rhythms. These areas can then be treated in order to prevent the abnormal heart rhythm from continuing to occur.
Pacemakers are small devices placed inside the chest designed to control heart rhythms from going too slowly. Using electrical pulses, pacemakers prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate.
Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICDs)
ICDs are life saving devices that are implanted in patients that are at higher risk for having life threatening arrhythmias. These are devices placed underneath the skin and connected to leads that are connected to the bottom and/or top chambers of the heart.
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)
Cardiac resynchronization therapy is sometimes needed for patients who have a delay in communication between the bottom two chambers of the heart. With an extra lead placed in the lower left chamber of the heart, a pacemaker or defibrillator is able to resynchronize the heart and allows it to work more efficiently.
Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare doctors perform procedures at Alamance Regional Medical Center, Annie Penn Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Memorial and Women’s Hospital across the Piedmont Triad.
There is a cardiologist on call 24/7 to respond to emergencies.