Procedures & Treatments
Research Medical Center can diagnose and manage heart rhythm disturbances. We implant permanent pacemakers and defibrillator devices to help restore normal heart rates so patients can enjoy the activities of everyday living and an active lifestyle. Our Electrophysiology (EP) Lab offers a full range of tests and treatments aimed at getting your heart beating in a healthy rhythm again. We can:
- Identify the source of abnormal beats by mapping the heart
- Predict the risk of future arrhythmia events
- Restore normal heart rhythms through catheter-based ablation
- Implant permanent rhythm devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators
- Use resynchronization therapy to improve patients with heart failure
Catheter ablation is done in a hospital where the person can be carefully monitored. The procedure is done after an electrophysiology (EP) study. This allows doctors to pinpoint exactly which tiny area of the heart is causing the arrhythmia.
With their new state of the art electrophysiology (EP) lab, cardiologists who specialize in abnormal heart rhythms (electrophysiologists) at Research Medical Center can treat atrial fibrillation patients with catheter ablation, a procedure used to correct the parts of the heart that beat abnormally. The new lab features a digital X-ray imaging system with EP Navigator, a new imaging tool used to treat cardiac rhythm disorders.
Research Medical Center’s cardiology team can treat abnormal heart rhythms through radiofrequency ablation. This is a procedure used to selectively destroy areas of the heart that are causing a heart rhythm problem. During this procedure, thin, flexible wires are inserted into a blood vessel in the thigh, groin, neck, or elbow and threaded up through the blood vessel and into the heart under X-ray guidance. The wires allow the doctor to record the electrical activity of your heart and determine what kind of heart rhythm problem you have. Through these wires, electrical energy (radio waves) can be sent to a specific area of your heart to correct the arrhythmia. Other treatments at Research Medical Center include:
Learn more about the procedures for and treatment of abnormal heart beats (arrhythmia).