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Electrophysiology

If your heart doesn’t beat at the right rhythm, seek a diagnosis and treatment from Mount Auburn Hospital’s electrophysiologists—electricians of the heart. You’ll benefit from doctors who are board certified in cardiac electrophysiology and get care in our sophisticated electrophysiology unit that’s designed to improve your outcome.

Contact us

For more information about electrophysiology at Mount Auburn Hospital, call 617-499-5559.

Symptoms of Arrhythmia

You may have arrhythmia—an irregular heartbeat—if you experience:

  • Rapid or pounding heartbeat
  • A feeling that your heart flutters or skips a beat
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness

But often, arrhythmia shows no symptoms. A heart diagnostic procedure can reveal whether you have an irregular heartbeat and need medication or another treatment.

Electrophysiology Study

Your doctor may recommend an electrophysiology study to find out why your heart doesn’t beat normally and see where the problem is located. During this outpatient procedure, your doctor will thread a thin wire through your blood vessels up to your heart to record its electrical activity.

The test may show that you need:

  • Ablation – Eliminates tissue that causes abnormal heart rhythms
  • Pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) placement – Inserts a small device under your skin to make your heart beat normally

Your doctor can perform either of these treatments at the same time as the electrophysiology study.

Other Electorphysiology Procedures 

  • Cryoablation – Uses cold to eliminate tissue that causes abnormal heart rhythms 
  • Pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) placement – Inserts a small device under your skin to make your heart beat normally

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

If you have heart failure, your heart’s lower chambers (ventricles) may not pump in sync. That means they may not send enough blood to your body. Mount Auburn’s electrophysiologists can provide cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), which implants a biventricular pacemaker into your heart to make the ventricles pump together.

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