Electrophysiology for Arrythmias

Electrophysiology is a specialized branch of cardiovascular care that concentrates on heart arrhythmias. Heart arrhythmias include a number of cardiac conditions that affect the heart’s ability to maintain a regular beat. Some may cause the heart to beat too slowly or too fast, both with potentially serious implications. Left undiagnosed, arrhythmias can contribute to a heart attack.

Electrophysiologists with the Prairie Heart Institute, provide specialized electrophysiology procedures at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital. During a diagnostic electrophysiology test, a thin electrode is inserted into a vein in your arm or groin area. Once inserted, the electrode is moved to your heart and used to trigger controlled arrhythmias. The electrical signals of the heart are then recorded, identified so that the location of the disorder can be determined. Knowing how your heart reacts during an arrhythmia allows the physician to provide more focused care.

Many arrhythmias are treated through the insertion of a pacemaker. A pacemaker is a small device, weighing about an ounce.  It uses electrical impulses to help regulate the beating of the heart.

To make an appointment with one of our electrophysiologists, please call 422-6100.