At Augusta University Cardiovascular Center for Heart Care, our electrophysiologists are board-certified in clinical cardiology and experts in the care and treatment of patients with arrhythmias or heart rhythms that beat too quickly, too slowly, or irregularly.
Why Choose Us
One of the main services our electrophysiologists perform is an electrophysiology study which is designed to record the electrical activity and electrical pathways of your heart. Tests such as an echocardiogram, angiogram, standard EKG, Holter monitoring, or stress test can identify an abnormal rhythm, but it may be necessary to map the elective activity of the heart, if so, an electrophysiology study may be necessary.
During this study, one of our electrophysiologists will reproduce your abnormal heart rhythm and give you medications to determine which one controls your rhythm best. They will insert small catheters into a vein in your arm, neck, or groin and guide them to your heart. The catheters will sense the electrical activity and help analyze the activity in your heart.
The goal of an electrophysiology study is to find out what is causing your heart rhythm issues. In addition, it can pinpoint where your abnormal heart rhythm begins so our electrophysiologists can determine what treatment would be the most effective for you.
Diseases We Treat
If you have arrhythmias and/or show symptoms such as heart palpitations, chest discomfort, a racing heart, lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting, you should see our electrophysiologists as soon as possible. Some of the most common types of heart rhythm issues we treat include:
- Atrial fibrillation
- Atrial flutter
- Long QT Syndrome
- Sudden cardiac arrest
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
Diagnostic Tests and Procedures
In addition to an electrophysiology study, you can count on our highly trained and experienced electrophysiologists to perform procedures to regulate your heart rhythm such as:
- Cardiac ablation: Cardiac ablation is a minimally-invasive procedure that involves a thin catheter inserted into a vessel in your groin and threaded up into your heart. A cooling agent or heat will be sent through the catheter to stop the electrical triggers and circuits which lead to arrhythmias.
- Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD): Intended to prevent sudden cardiac death, ICDs contain pacing functionality and can help find balance for your heart rhythm.
- Pacemaker Insertion: A pacemaker may be inserted to monitor and regulate the rhythm of your heart and transmit electrical impulses to stimulate it if it’s beating too slowly. Pacemakers are typically used to treat bradycardias.
- Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: Also known as biventricular pacemaker or ICD is used to treat drug resistant heart failure. A pacemaker or ICD with extra leads to help the heart beat in a balanced way.