Used both as a diagnostic test and a treatment for some conditions, electrophysiology examines the heart’s electrical system.
The electrophysiology specialists at the Pilla Heart Center of Abington Health’s Heart & Vascular Institute use the most up-to-date technology in specially equipped rooms dedicated just for those procedures.
Electrophysiology Studies – EPS
Diagnostic electrophysiology studies, known as EPS, measure electrical activity within heart muscle cells. These tests are used to determine where abnormal heart rhythm occurs and if treatment is needed for heart rhythm problems.
The one-to-three hour EPS procedure is performed while the patient is awake but sedated, as "pacing " catheters are inserted into the heart.
Our specialists are highly skilled in using a minimally invasive, sophisticated cardiac mapping system for rapid diagnosis of any arrhythmia. This enables our team to treat the condition with ablation therapy.
Our electrophysiology specialists also implant cardiac pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators to anticipate and restore the heart's normal rhythm. Other EPS therapies include replacing pacemaker electrodes (or "leads") to help ensure patient safety.