Services and Procedures
Electrophysiology Study (EPS)
The procedure takes approximately 45-60 minutes. A catheter is inserted through the groin and fed to the heart while watching it on fluro, which is like a live x-ray. The catheter tip has electrodes which map and record data and define the exact location of any abnormal electrical activity. The information is used to tailor the approximate therapy (i.e., device therapy, ablation or medical therapy).
Implantation of a pacemaker takes approximately 45 minutes, depending on the physician. A pacemaker monitors and regulates the rhythm of the heart and is used for a rate that is too slow.
ICD (Insertable Cardioverter Defibrillator)
Implantation of an ICD takes approximately 60 minutes, depending on the physician and whether the device is a single or dual chamber device. An ICD acts as a pacemaker and a defibrillator. It continuously monitors the heart rhythm and delivers life saving shocks if a dangerously fast rhythm is detected and stops life threatening arrhythmias.
Single Chamber versus Dual Chamber refers to the pacemaker portion of the ICD. A single chamber ICD defibrillates the ventricle and paces the ventricle. A dual chamber ICD defibrillates the ventricle and paces the atrium and the ventricle.
NIPS (Noninvasive Program Stimulation)
A NIPS is performed the day following implantation of an ICD. It's a test that accelerates the heart to assess the ICD function and to determine if the program parameters are effective in resolving the patient's dysrhythmias.
An electrical shock delivered to the heart to convert an abnormal rhythm back to sinus rhythm.
Thin catheters are guided through blood vessels to the heart where radiofrequency energy is used to destroy tissue causing arrhythmias.
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
A test used to evaluate heart valves and presence or absence of atrial clots.
Head-Up Tilt Table Test (HUTT)
A tilt table takes approximately one hour. The test is used to diagnose patients with fainting spells associated to a drop in heart rate and/or blood pressure.