St. Joseph's electrophysiology laboratory is used to diagnose and treat patients with cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). Before this treatment option, patients with arrhythmias could only be treated with medications that were often inadequate or had significant side effects. At best, these arrhythmias could be limited or suppressed. Now with the use of techniques such as radiofrequency ablation and implantation of cardioverter defibrillators, it is possible to cure many arrhythmias.
Utilization of St. Joseph's electrophysiology (EP) lab has grown substantially, due to increased demand for diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and syncope. The lab performs:
- More than 1,700 electrophysiology procedures annually.
- Advanced three-dimensional mapping techniques to evaluate paroxysmal and highly complex arrhythmias.
- More than 250 radiofrequency ablations annually.
- Circumferential pulmonary vein ablations for patients with both paroxysmal and chronic atrial fibrillation.
- More than 350 implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) annually
- Resynchronization therapy (biventricular pacing) to improve quality of life for congestive heart failure patients.
In fact, St. Joseph's director of electrophysiology services, has implanted more biventricular pacemakers than any other physician in the Northeast.
To learn more about the electrophysiology procedures we use at St. Joseph's, visit our procedures page.