Answers to Common Electrophysiology Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about electrophysiology.

What advanced treatment options are available for those with heart rhythm disorders?

Premier Health’s Dr. Mark Krebs discusses advanced treatment options for patients with heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias). Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

For some people with irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias), medication alone may be enough to restore a normal heart rhythm. However, many patients with arrhythmias require more advanced treatment.

An electrophysiology study (EPS) is usually performed to diagnose the cause of the irregular heart rhythm. During the EP study or immediately after, an electrophysiologist may also perform a procedure to treat the arrhythmia. Advanced treatment procedures include:

  • Pacemaker placement
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • Cardiac ablation

Cardiac ablation may use radiofrequency or extreme cold (cryoablation) to scar the part of the heart causing the irregular rhythm. Conventional cardiac ablation involves threading catheters through veins up to the heart using mobile x-rays. However, one of the latest technologies—stereotaxis—uses magnetically navigated robotics to place the leads.

According to Stereotaxis, Inc.Off Site Icon, the maker of the technology, this procedure increases patient safety because the catheter is softer and less likely to damage fragile heart tissue and because it allows the doctor more precise navigation to the problem area of the heart. Magnetic navigation also reduces patient exposure to radiation.

To learn more about advanced treatment options for heart rhythm disorders, please speak with your health care provider or call (937) 499-7472.

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Source: Kevin Kravitz, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Mark E. Krebs, MD, Miami Valley Cardiologists; Abdul Wase, MD, The Premier Heart Associates

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