Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing Services
As part of the Scott & White Heart & Vascular Institute, our Cardiac Electrophysiology (EP) and Pacing team provides you with expert, personalized care and highly specialized services for your heart rate and rhythm problems (arrhythmias).
Our physicians are specially trained and among the country’s finest in treating abnormal heart rhythms. Working in electrophysiology laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, we're able to provide you with advanced diagnostic and treatment services.
Our services include:
- Sophisticated and dedicated cardiac electrophysiologic laboratories, including a Stereotaxis Remote Navigation System for advanced mapping and safer catheter ablation to treat complex rhythm disturbances. We perform catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation/flutter, and various forms of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT). These include:
- Multifocal atrial tachycardia
- Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Premature ventricular beats (ectopic heartbeat)
- Remote monitoring devices to help diagnose arrhythmias that come and go. New implantable devices are also available to help physicians monitor volume changes in the heart for patients with heart failure, and provide ongoing monitoring for patients with complex arrhythmias or devices.
- Advanced diagnostic testing to identify people at risk for sudden cardiac death (sudden cardiac arrest). We also offer preventative care services for people at risk.
- Device Clinic where our physicians and nurses perform about 5,000 device checks each year to monitor the function of implanted devices.
- Rhythm management and follow-up EP clinic for patients with rhythm disorders, using the most current medical regimens available.
- A full range of pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) devices available to provide individualized treatment for many irregular heart rhythms.
- Biventricular rhythm synchronized pacemakers/defibrillators to improve left ventricular function in patients with heart failure. This treatment complements pacemaker and ICD therapy used to treat arrhythmias associated with heart failure.
- Removal of leads from damaged and infected pacemakers or defibrillators.
- Syncope (fainting) evaluation uses a full range of diagnostic tests, including the head-up tilt test to evaluate patients with fainting or other nervous system problems.