Heart specialists at Glendale Adventist Medical Center use a wide
array of options, including electrophysiology, to diagnose and
treat arrhythmia, a heartbeat that is too fast or too slow.
When the intricate system that makes up your heart and vascular
system stops working correctly, a person can experience a condition known as
an arrhythmia. This can cause a wide range of symptoms, including
chest pain, dizziness, palpitations and, on occasion, even death.
It can feel like the heart is beating too slow, too fast or like
it is missing beats (palpitations).
Treatment options available at GAMC include:
Electrophysiology Study (EPS)
An EPS uses small catheters, called pacing wires, to
safely induce and visualize an arrhythmia in a patient so that
physicians can most effectively treat the condition.
Cardiac ablation treats arrhythmia by threading a catheter
through the groin or neck to the heart to deliver a pulse of
energy, safely destroying abnormal electrical pathways in the heart.
Biventricular pacing targets both the upper and lower chambers
of the heart, while conventional pacemakers work only in the
lower chamber. Biventricular pacing provides an additional
sense of security for patients, such as those with heart
failure or those whose heart muscle is too weak to work reliably.
Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (AICD)
Implanted just below the collarbone or in the
abdomen during a relatively brief procedure, this device
delivers an electric shock to stabilize the heart's rhythm
whenever a built-in sensor detects a dangerous arrhythmia.
For a referral to an electrophysiologist at GAMC, call (818)