What is electrophysiology? Electrophysiology is a subspecialty of cardiology that addresses the “electricity” of the heart or its rhythm. This specialty can help address abnormal heart rhythms, the cause of these irregularities, and the best course of treatment for addressing problematic heart rhythms.
Common examples of conditions and procedures that fall under the umbrella of electrophysiology services include cardioversion, catheter ablation, atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, and implantable electrocardiographic monitoring devices. Your doctor may also prescribe medications such as Amiodarone, Warfarin, and Apixaban.
The skills and equipment for treating irregular heart rhythms are highly specialized, but must be tightly integrated with the patient’s overall health and treatment for other conditions. Our services specialize in conditions and procedures that require a high level of expertise, and offer a wide range of diagnostic and treatment options for patients who suffer from an abnormal heart rhythm.
Central NY Cardiology Device Management Clinic
The Central NY Cardiology Device Management Clinic is a team of specially-trained licensed professionals that work closely and collaboratively with your doctor to provide care to patients with Implanted Cardiac Devices such as pacemakers, internal cardiac defibrillators (sometimes referred to as ICD), and implantable loop recorders. Care is provided both in the Electrophysiology office and at home using remote home monitoring technology.
What We Do At CNY Cardiology
The staff of the Central NY Cardiology Device Management Clinic utilize the latest technology to ensure that patients with Cardiac Implanted Devices are receiving the appropriate treatment based on individual needs. The device management team will work collaboratively with your physician to ensure you are receiving seamless care and will ensure proper open lines of communication among all providers.
Diagnostic EP Study – Special catheters are placed into the heart which allow the physician to diagnose abnormal heart beats.
RF Ablation Including SVT – Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure using a catheter which heats abnormal heart tissue, creating a small scar and eliminating the source of arrhythmias (abnormal rhythms). Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) are fast heartbeats originating in the upper half of the heart.
Complex Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib) Ablation – A lengthy procedure to treat atrial fibrillation using RF ablation techniques.
Pacemaker – An implanted device which makes sure the heart beats at a specific rate. Small wire(s) are advanced through the vein under your collarbone down to the heart, then attached to a small device placed under the skin of the upper chest.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) – An ICD Implant is an implanted device which can detect and treat very rapid (life threatening) heartbeats. All ICDs also function as pacemakers. As with pacemakers, small wires are advanced through a vein under the collar bone to the heart, then attached to a device implanted under the skin of the upper chest.
Cryoablation – This is a procedure that freezes abnormal heart tissue responsible for abnormal heart beats (arrhythmias). Most often used as a treatment for atrial fibrillation.
PVC Ablation – This is an RF Ablation treatment for extra heartbeats which originate in the lower half of the heart.
Complex Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) Ablation – A VT Ablation is a treatment for a sustained rapid heartbeat originating in the lower heart.
Cardioversion – Cardioversion is a procedure that can be used to correct abnormal timing when the heart beats unusually fast. Click here to learn more.
Catheter ablation – This procedure corrects a disturbance in the heart rhythm by curing short circuits. Click here to learn more.
Implantable electrocardiographic monitoring device – Some patients can benefit from continuous, ongoing electrocardiogram monitoring, which can be accomplished using a device implanted under the skin.
Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) – The TEE is an advanced test that produces images of the patient’s heart using ultrasound technology. The images produced by a TEE are more advanced and clear than those possible from a regular echocardiogram.