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Electrophysiology is the treatment of irregular heart rhythms. Crozer-Keystone Health System offers this service at our electrophysiology lab at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland. Pa.
The lab features advanced imaging systems, intracardiac echocardiogram and a full slate of offerings, including radiofrequency catheter ablation, pacemaker and intracardiac defibrillator insertions and tilt-table testing.
Pacemaker implantation. A pacemaker is a small device that is implanted under a patient's skin to send electrical signals to start or regulate a slow heartbeat.
Defibrillators are electronic devices that sense and correct a dangerous abnormal heart rhythm; they can be implanted like a pacemaker.
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a unique device therapy used to treat heart failure. In the electrophysiology lab, physicians place a small "biventricular resynchronization device” under the patient's skin below the collarbone.
This device is similar to a pacemaker in size, shape and weight, and it uses a sealed battery to provide electrical signals to the heart. But it also has three electrical leads, which are placed in three different heart chambers. This device causes the heart chambers to beat "in sync" with one another. This improves the heart's pumping efficiency and helps to relieve heart failure symptoms.
Some of the benefits to patients include:
- Improved quality of life
- Increased exercise capacity
- Reduction in hospitalization for heart failure
- Reduction in mortality rates
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about electrophysiology or request an appointment, please call 1-866-95-PULSE (1-866-957-8573) or request an appointment online.
From the Heart: George
When George McCloskey from Norwood, Pa. suffered a massive heart attack, Samuel Ruby, M.D., director of Cardiology at Taylor Hospital, helped to save George’s life.