Wheeling Hospital offers complete service for electrical problems of the heart, including electrophysiology (EP) studies, device implantation of pacemakers, defibrillators, heart failure devices as well as complex ablations.
Patients can get specialized treatment, such as ablation or EP studies, for electrical problems of the heart. EP studies help locate the specific areas of the heart tissue that cause abnormal electrical impulses leading to arrhythmias. This detailed electrical flow information provides valuable diagnostic information, which can determine appropriate treatment like ablation or device implantation.
While an EP study is more invasive than an electrocardiogram, it’s more capable of capturing an arrhythmic event. That in turn, provides an electrical mapping, which helps physicians predict the possibility of a future cardiac event, such as sudden cardiac arrest.
Implantable devices include pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), which help restore the function of the heart, as well as provide life-saving therapy in the case of the defibrillator. Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) helps restore the ability of the ventricles of the heart to contract and relieve some of the symptoms of heart failure. These devices are placed below the collarbone through a small, 3 inch incision and continuously monitor the heart’s rhythm and treat the arrhythmias or, in the case of CRT, the patient’s heart failure.
Wheeling Hospital surgeons can perform the procedure in the heart catheterization lab in addition to the operation room. The advantages of being able to perform all the electrophysiological procedures in one setting are enormous. Patients do not have to leave the area when an EP study or ablation is recommended. In addition, if the study indicates the need for a device implantation the procedure can be performed immediately in the EP lab.