Heart Rhythm Care
Children with arrhythmias have abnormal heart rates or rhythms, meaning the heart beats too quickly, slowly or with an irregular pattern. This is often the result of problems in the electrical system of the heart.
The electrophysiology team treats all types of arrhythmias, including the most complex cases. Patients include children with congenital (from birth) heart diseases.
Electrophysiology studies are tests that help doctors understand the nature of abnormal heart rhythms. These are done with the following advanced diagnosis and treatment tools:
- 3D imaging to view all angles of the heart’s health and function
- Intracardiac echocardiography, imaging that shows the inner workings of the heart
- Radiofrequency/cryoablation, treatments that isolate and destroy abnormal heart tissue causing the heart rhythm disorder
- Pacemaker and Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantations to control abnormal heart rhythms
- Implantable loop recorder implantations to monitor and record the heart’s electrical activity and identify an irregular heart rhythm
This full-time service is the only one in the state with two pediatric electrophysiologists, who have a combined experience of 30 years in the field. An electrophysiologist diagnoses and treats abnormal heart rhythms.
Statistics (annual averages for the past five years):
- Electrophysiology studies: 130
- Implanted devices: 22
- Implantable loop recorder: 5