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Electrophysiology Lab (EP)

Electrophysiological Study - a recording of the electrical activity of your heart. This test is used to help your doctor find out the cause of your rhythm disturbance and the best treatment for you. During the test, your doctor may safely reproduce your arrhythmia, then give you medications to see which one controls it best.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) - an electronic device that constantly monitors your heart rate and rhythm. When it detects a very fast, abnormal heart rhythm, it delivers energy to the heart muscle. This causes the heart to beat in a normal rhythm again.

Biventricular ICD - Leads are attached in the right atrium, the right ventricle and the left ventricle. This technique helps the heart beat in a more balanced way and is specifically used for patients with heart failure.

Pacemakers - A pacemaker is a small device that sends small electrical impulses to the heart muscle to maintain a suitable heart rate or to stimulate the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles). A pacemaker may also be used to treat fainting spells (syncope), congestive heart failure and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Biventricular Pacemaker - Uses three leads placed in the right atrium, right ventricle and left ventricle.

Ablation - a treatment for abnormal heart rhythms. During ablation a catheter is inserted into your heart and then a special machine is used to direct energy to tiny areas of the heart muscle that cause the abnormal rhythms. This energy "disconnects" the pathway of the abnormal rhythm. It can also be used to disconnect the electrical pathway between the upper chambers (atria) and the lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart. The type of ablation performed depends upon the type of arrhythmia.

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