Procedures performed in the Heart and Vascular Center's electrophysiology lab include:
Sometimes, dysfunctional tissue disturbs the normal path of electricity in the heart. In an ablation, doctors use special instruments to ablate, or burn, the problematic tissue so that electricity can travel on the right pathway again.
When a patient has a problem with the electrical rhythms in his or her heart, called arrhythmia, one common treatment is to insert a defibrillator. The defibrillator detects arrhythmias while a patient is going about his or her daily activities and delivers a dose of electrical energy to restore the heart to a normal rhythm.
Inserting Artificial Pacemakers
A pacemaker uses electrical impulses to regulate the beating of the heart, either because the heart does not beat fast enough or because there is a blockage in one of the heart's electrical pathways.
Tilt Table Tests
During a tilt table test, a patient is strapped to a table and then tilted and suspended upright. Doctors use this test to diagnose dysautonomia or syncope - both of which are problems with lightheadedness and dizziness.