Millions of people experience abnormal heart rhythms, called arrhythmias, at some point in their lives. Although many are harmless, some arrhythmias can be serious and even deadly. Electrophysiology (EP) is a subspecialty of cardiology that diagnoses and treats abnormal heart rhythms. Abnormal heart rhythms include:
- Arrhythmias (Tachycardia and Bradycardia)
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Atrial Flutter
- Ventricular Arrhythmias
- Supraventricular Arrhythmias
United Regional’s Electrophysiology Program adds to our comprehensive cardiac care and provides complex cardiac ablations and other electrophysiology services, allowing patients to stay in our community for this specialized care.
Procedures that will be performed include:
- Pacemaker and Defibrillator Implant
- Biventricular Pacemaker and Defibrillator Implant
- Supraventricular Tachycardia Ablation
- Ventricular Tachycardia and PVC Ablation
- Atrial Fibrillation Ablation (Radiofrequency and Cryoablation)
- Atrial Flutter Ablation
- Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome Ablation
- Implantable Rhythm Monitors
- Subcutaneous Defibrillator Implant
Cardiovascular patients have long relied on traditional pacemakers to regulate their heart rhythm and improve their quality of life. Now, there is a new option available – a small device known as the leadless pacemaker. Leadless pacemakers offer many advantages over traditional pacing systems, including reduced risks associated with surgical implantation and improved patient comfort.
A leadless pacemaker is directly inserted into the right ventricle using a catheter through a blood vessel in the leg. Compared with the traditional pacemaker procedure, this minimally invasive leadless pacemaker eliminates the need for surgical heart implantation and reduces recovery time and discomfort for patients. You can go home soon after insertion without staying overnight in the hospital.
In addition, leadless pacemaker technology is suitable for patients who may have a higher risk of experiencing a device-related infection. Some of these devices also offer superior monitoring capabilities compared to earlier generations. They enable physicians to remotely access data and receive real-time updates on cardiac activity.
Leadless pacemakers represent an exciting advancement in cardiovascular care, offering more convenience, safety, and accuracy than ever! If you’re considering getting a pacemaker, talk with your doctor about whether this type of pacemaker might be the right choice for you.