Electrophysiology studies are tests that help doctors understand the nature of abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias. Electrophysiology studies test the electrical activity of the heart to find where an arrhythmia is coming from. These results can help a patient and their doctor decide whether medicine, a pacemaker, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac ablation or surgery is needed. These studies take place in a special room called an electrophysiology lab or catheterization lab under mild sedation.
Implanted heart devices — defibrillators, pacemakers — have become more common in the past ten years and they have helped a lot of people live long and healthier lives. The EP services offered within The Brooklyn Heart Center complement the cardiovascular care we currently provide. In our catheterization lab, the cardiology team performs diagnostic angiography, a procedure performed to view blood vessels after injecting them with a dye that can be seen on an x-ray; peripheral angiography, a procedure to find narrowed or blocked areas in one or more of the arteries that supply blood to the legs; and implantable loop recorder, a small cardiac monitor that records the heart’s electrical activity.
We also presently offer echocardiography, treadmill stress test, nuclear stress test and cardioversion, a procedure done to restore a normal heart rhythm for people who have abnormalities or arrhythmias. Our general cardiology clinic provides preventive and follow-up heart care.