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Electrophysiology

The study of the heart's electrical system is known as electrophysiology (EP). An EP study inserts an electrode catheter—a thin, flexible wire—into the heart to track the electrical pathways. Results help your physician determine whether the pathways are normal and identify treatment options that often permanently cure an abnormal rhythm.

At Adventist HealthCare, you and your doctor can take advantage of our two advanced EP labs for expert diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders.

What You Need to Know About Arrhythmias

Heart rhythm disorders—arrhythmias—take many forms and do not always produce symptoms. You may experience some of these symptoms or none at all:

  • Palpitations
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • A sensation that your heart skips a beat
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Discomfort in your chest
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Cardiac arrest

Diagnosing Arrhythmia

When you choose Adventist for your heart rhythm care, you gain access to the experienced electrophysiology specialists who perform thousands of procedures each year. That means you can trust your heart to their expertise.

As part of your diagnosis, you and your doctor will explore your symptoms, your medical/family history, your current health condition (including high blood pressure, diabetes, or thyroid problems), your health habits (exercise, smoking, alcohol, stress, anger, etc.) and any medications, vitamins, minerals or nutritional supplements you take.

In addition to a physical exam, your diagnostic evaluation may include:

Heart Rhythm Treatments

Among the variety of heart rhythm treatments available at the hospitals of Adventist HealthCare, you'll find medication, cardioversion, ablation, implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD) and laser extraction of ICDs, pacemakers—including MRI-safe pacemakers—and cardiac resynchronization.

Ablations—high-frequency energy used to block abnormal electrical activity in the heart and eliminate arrhythmia symptoms—may be used to treat:

  • Atrial fibrillation (Afib)
  • Atrial flutter
  • Atrial tachycardia
  • PSVT
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

Put Your Heart in Expert Hands at Adventist HealthCare

Ask your doctor to make a referral to the heart and vascular specialists at Adventist HealthCare or find a doctor online. To speak with a member of our experienced cardiovascular team or schedule an in-person appointment, call 1-800-642-0101.

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If you or a loved one experience chest pain, call 9-1-1 now. That's the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment at an Adventist HealthCare Accredited Chest Pain Center.

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