Used both as a diagnostic test and a treatment for some conditions, electrophysiology focuses on the heart’s electrical system. The electrophysiology specialists on the Pilla Heart Center team use the most up-to-date technology in specially equipped rooms dedicated just for those procedures.
Diagnostic electrophysiology studies (EPS) measure electrical activity within heart muscle cells. The one-to-three hour EPS procedure -- performed while the patient is awake, but sedated - involves the insertion of "pacing " catheters into the heart. The results can detect the need for atrial fibrillation intervention or pacemaker electrode replacement.
Our electrophysiologists also are highly skilled in using a minimally invasive, sophisticated cardiac mapping system for rapid diagnosis of any arrhythmia. This system enables our team to treat the condition with ablation, by using laser or radio frequency energy to heat-seal the source of the irregular heartbeat. Endovenous ablation therapy uses laser or radio frequency similarly, to close off veins.
Pilla Heart Center electrophysiology specialists also implant cardiac pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators to anticipate and restore the heart's normal rhythm. Other EPS therapies include replacing pacemaker electrodes (or "leads") to help ensure patient safety. We conduct more than 1,300 electrophysiology procedures annually.
For expertise on electrophysiology, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center, including the Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease, Blank Vascular Center, Heart Rhythm Center, and Comprehensive Heart Failure Program.