Cardiac Electrophysiology: Correcting Heart Rhythms
Pacemakers, heart monitors and testing of the heart rhythm are among the areas of expertise of electrophysiologists at the Spartanburg Regional Heart Center. Electrophysiologists are physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating heart failure and heart rhythms that are abnormal (arrhythmias). Using advanced tools and technology, they help lessen symptoms of heart conditions that people are born with or that develop over time.
Some common treatments:
- Implantable pacemakers are small devices implanted on the chest wall and connected to the heart. It sends electrical impulses to the heart to adjust the heart rate.
- Implantable cardiac defibrillators, or ICDs, are devices that detect an arrhythmia, or irregular heart rate, and then automatically deliver electricity to the heart. This jolt of electricity returns the patient's heart rhythm to normal. For patients with severe symptoms, our team might use a more advanced defibrillator, a biventricular ICD, or BiV-ICD.
- Ablation is a procedure to interrupt electrical impulses in the heart that cause heart flutter or other abnormal heart rhythms.