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Cardiac Electrophysiology (Heart Rhythms Conditions)

The Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology at UI Health provides diagnosis and treatments for abnormally fast heart rhythms, called cardiac arrhythmias. Our cardiac electrophysiology physicians use cutting-edge technologies to evaluate symptoms of irregular heartbeat. If a heart-rhythm disorder is discovered, we will determine the best course of treatment for your condition, including medication or intervention. We have a special focus on atrial fibrillation, pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD), and familial (genetic) heart disease, and we are leaders in research to advance the field electrophysiology research.

Diagnostic Tests & Treatments

Cardiac electrophysiology (EP) tests may be performed to evaluate symptoms of irregular heartbeat, including weakness, weakness, fainting, palpitations, and dizziness. These tests are done to help determine what is the best course of treatment and care for the patient. If a heart-rhythm disorder is detected, your cardiologist will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your condition.

Common EP diagnostic tests we perform include:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG): A 12-lead surface electrocardiogram is essential to the diagnosis of an abnormal heart rhythm and is typically performed during each outpatient clinic visit.
  • Advanced Heart Monitoring: We offer Holter monitoring (24-72 hours) and event monitoring (30 days), and implantable LINQ recorders, for patients who require heart monitoring for an extended period of time.
  • Tilt-Table Testing: Tilt-table testing may be performed in patients with a history of fainting spells.

Treatments

If a heart-rhythm disorder is detected, your cardiologist will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your condition. Treatments may include:

  • Device therapy: Device therapy includes conventional pacemakers, biventricular pacemakers, and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD). A dedicated outpatient clinic staffed with experienced nurses and cardiac electrophysiologists oversees the care of pacemaker and ICD patients. We offer our patients a dedicated remote device clinic, and some patients may be able to remotely transfer data to our clinic without the need for an in-clinic visit.

Lead Extraction Program: Some patients may require removal of previously implanted pacemaker or ICD leads. Lead removal procedures are performed by a team of specially trained cardiac electrophysiologists and surgeons.