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Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab

Many people suffer from a heart rhythm problem or arrhythmia. These conditions can range from minor heart beat irregularities to life-threatening disorders. Electrophysiology (EP) studies are done to diagnose your specific condition to help determine the best treatment. EP procedures identify and repair rhythm disturbances in the heart.

Cardiac Electrophysiology Program at MVH

The Cardiac Electrophysiology program at Miami Valley Hospital utilizes the latest technologies to treat a vast array of complex cardiac rhythm disturbances. These rhythm abnormalities range from profoundly slow heart beats to very fast, life-threatening heart beats.

Commonly treated rhythm disturbances include:

  • Bradycardia
  • Sick sinus syndrome
  • Atrioventricular block
  • Supraventricular tachycardia
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Atrial flutter
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Other cardiac electrical problems

To treat these conditions highly experienced MVH physicians perform complex interventions including:

  • Advanced intracardiac mapping - Ultrasound images that provide a detailed view of the heart and reflect the condition of the heart during procedures.
  • Cardioverter-defibrillator implantation/testing – A device used to send electrical energy to the heart muscle to restore normal rhythm.
  • Catheter ablation - Catheters (thin, flexible tubes) are threaded through the blood vessels to reach the heart and destroy (ablate) abnormal heart tissue.
  • Electrical cardioversion - A procedure in which an electric current is used to reset the heart's rhythm back to its regular pattern.
  • Intracardiac echocardiography - A tool for guiding transseptal puncture during electrophysiological mapping and ablation procedures.
  • Invasive electrophysiologic testing – A tool for diagnosing arrhythmias.
  • Pacemaker - A small device that's placed under the skin of your chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Defibrillator lead extraction - The removal of one or more leads from inside the heart.
  • Tilt table testing – A test used to evaluate the cause of unexplained fainting (syncope).
  • Transseptal catheterization - A tool for radiofrequency catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias.

MVH is the only hospital in the Dayton area to offer a cryoablation, a procedure that involves freezing targeted portions of heart tissue to correct irregular heartbeats. In addition to standard and irrigated-tip radiofrequency ablation, Miami Valley Hospital’s physicians have a unique opportunity to tailor interventions to specific conditions enhancing the effectiveness and safety of procedures.

Miami Valley Hospital’s upcoming implementation of Stereotaxis, a magnet-driven, remote-operated, catheter steering system, is another first for the Dayton region. Used in combination with advanced three-dimensional mapping, stereotaxis will promote pinpoint accuracy in ablating the most complex cardiac arrhythmias within the heart’s intricate wiring. This will further enhance the safety of ablation and reduce X-ray exposure.

At Miami Valley Hospital, our experience, knowledge, dedication, and technology blend together to create a Center of Excellence that provides complete solutions to a full spectrum of cardiac rhythm disturbances.