Electrophysiologists at the Spartanburg Regional Heart Center are helping hundreds of patients with irregular heartbeats live normal, healthy lives. By implanting pacemakers, monitoring devices, ICD's (implantable cardioverter defibrillators) and performing electrophysiology studies and ablation, electrophysiologists are helping patients go about their daily lives, while reducing the risk of heart failure.
ICDs are ideal for some patients with heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias), resulting from acquired heart disease or congenital disorders. The ICD can detect an arrhythmia and deliver up to 40 Joules of electricity within eight seconds, returning the patient's heart rhythm to normal rhythm. BIV-ICD’s and pacers are being implanted are a key tool in helping give patients better quality of live alleviating heart failure symptoms.
Electrophysiology studies are performed in order to evaluate suspected or known arrhythmia. After the arrhythmia is diagnosed, a procedure called an ablation can be performed in which heat or cold energy may be used to prevent the transmission of electrical energy in an abnormal pathway in the heart in an attempt to either care for or prevent future events.