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Electrophysiology

Einstein Cardiology is a top facility for the treatment of irregular heartbeats and arrhythmias, a field known as electrophysiology. Our electrophysiologists are leaders in the field and recognized as among Philadelphia's Top Docs for treating complex disorders such as atrial fibrillation and supraventricular tachycardia.

Learn more about treating arrhythmia with electrophysiology at Einstein: 

Like the circuitry in a house, your heart has an electrical system that causes it to beat. When the system is damaged or sick, the heart can slow down, speed up, or short circuit, a condition called an arrhythmia. Inherited arrhythmias are abnormal heart rhythms that are passed down from family members. Patients may have symptoms of fainting or a history of treated cardiac arrest or no symptoms but a family history of these conditions. They place the patient at risk for dangerous heart rhythms such as ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac death.

Arrhythmia symptoms include:

  • Racing heart
  • Heart palpitations
  • Passing out unexpectedly
  • Lightheadness
  • Dizziness

Irregular heartbeats and arrhythmia can be a caused by a number of factors. Sometimes simple lifestyle changes can help control symptoms. But often palpitations can represent a more serious problem. Arrhythmias are the number one killer in the United States, above heart attacks, stroke and cancer. They are also the number one cause of preventable stroke.

Below is a list of conditions and disorders which are known to cause irregular heartbeat:

  • Brugada syndrome
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT)
  • Long QT syndrome (LQTS)
  • Short QT syndrome (SQTS)

Einstein offers the latest, cutting-edge treatments to diagnose, control and even cure arrhythmia. Treatments offered at Einstein include everything from catheter ablation and arrhythmia mapping to implanting pacemakers and other internal devices.

Below is a list of the treatment and procedures offered by Einstein Cardiology:

  • Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation/flutter (AFib), supraventricular tachycardias; ventricular arrhythmias, complex arrhythmias, and for those who have previously failed ablations
  • Magnetically driven procedures including ablations and coronary sinus lead placement
  • Transseptal puncture and epicardial ablations
  • Intracardiac echocardiography

Learn about surgical treatments for atrial fibrillation, by visiting Einstein Heart Surgery.

In certain circumstances, our physicians may turn to an implantable device to treat your arrhythmia. Below is a list different devices used by Einstein Cardiologists.

  • Biventricular pacemaker and ICD devices
  • External or internal cardioversion
  • Left atrial appendage device implantation (Watchman®)
  • Loop recorder devices
  • Pacemakers

Einstein has become a local leader in finding new ways to help patients prevent - and even improve - heart disease. We are the only local hospital selected for the LAPTOP-HF study, led by Director of Electrophysiology Sumeet Mainigi, MD, FACC, FHRS.

Learn more about electrophysiology research

 

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If you are experiencing symptoms of heart and vascular disease such as chest pain or discomfort, fatigue or weakness, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, swelling of the legs, feet or ankles, dizziness or lightheadedness, have a family history, or your primary care physician recommends seeing a heart specialist due to high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other condition, schedule an appointment with an Einstein specialist today.

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