Piedmont Heart & Vascular Center is proud to offer the Tri-County region’s only cardiac electrophysiology program where our on-staff electrophysiologist, Arun Kundra, MD, utilizes innovative technologies to diagnose and treat interruptions and irregularities in heart rhythm.
What is Electrophysiology?
Electrophysiology is the science of the heart’s electrical currents, beginning within the heart muscle and tissue, through each heart muscle contraction.
Piedmont electrophysiology patients range in age, from pediatric patients with heart arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, to elderly patients suffering from advanced, severe heart disease and heart rhythm problems.
Many heart conditions can be diagnosed and treated through Piedmont’s electrophysiology program, including the following:
- Atrial fibrillation
- Supraventricular tachycardia
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Sick sinus syndrome
- Heart blockage
- Pacemaker or defibrillator malfunction
- Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome
Diagnostic Testing – The Electrophysiology Study
An electrophysiology study can be performed for a range of purposes. This test can be used to identify heart rhythm problems, determine the best treatment for an abnormal heart rhythm, review a patient’s response to heart rhythm medications and check the heart before placement of a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator.
How is an electrophysiology study performed?
During this minimally invasive procedure, an electrophysiologist inserts one or more flexible tubes, called catheters, into veins located in the patient’s groin. Next, the catheter is threaded into the heart. An electrode is located at the tip of the catheter, detecting the heart’s activity and replicating any irregularity present in the patient’s heart rhythm. This process allows the electrophysiologist to uncover details around the arrhythmia, including where it originates from within the heart.
At Piedmont Medical Center, once a patient is diagnosed with an electrophysiological heart condition, our electrophysiologist may recommend treatment options including anti-arrhythmic or blood thinner medications or a minimally invasive surgical approach. Sometimes, a heart problem discovered during the electrophysiology study can be treated during the procedure through treatments such as pacemaker placement or catheter ablation – a procedure to cure irregular heartbeat by heating or freezing the tiny problematic areas of heart tissue.
In addition, Piedmont Medical Center offers the following minimally invasive surgical treatment options through our electrophysiology program:
- Ablation for supraventricular tachycardia & Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome
- AV node ablation
- Defibrillator & bi-ventricular defibrillator implantation
- Laser lead extraction
- Pacemaker implantation
To find a heart specialist or learn more about electrophysiology program or additional specialized cardiac services offered at Piedmont Medical Center, please call 803-329-1234.