Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point provides comprehensive electrophysiology (EP) and pacing services to patients in Hudson, Pasco County, and the greater Tampa Bay area. Each year, we perform over 1,000 EP procedures for patients with a wide variety of heart conditions. Our dedicated staff of electrophysiology specialists delivers expertise, compassion, and commitment to excellence. Choose Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for sound solutions to cardiovascular arrhythmias. Call (727)869-5565 to be directed to our Cardiovascular Center.
What is Electrophysiology?
Electrophysiology is the study of electrical pulses in the heart. It is sometimes called cardiac electrophysiology. When the heart’s electrical systems do not work properly, the heart’s rhythm can be irregular. These heart arrhythmias are named based on where they occur in the heart:
- Sinus arrhythmia
- Sinus tachycardia
- Sick sinus syndrome
- Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)
- Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
- Atrial flutter
- Atrial fibrillation
- Premature ventricular complexes (PVC)
- Ventricular tachycardia (VT)
- Ventricular fibrillation
Although arrhythmias may occur in patients of any age, they are most common in middle-aged adults. Some patients have arrhythmias that pose no danger to their health, but an arrhythmia can also be a sign of heart disease. When the heart is blocked, it can begin to beat irregularly.
Diagnosing and Treating Electrical Problems in the Heart
Cardiologists may use one or more tests to identify and treat heart arrhythmias:
- Electrophysiology study
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Arrhythmia mapping
- Tilt Table testing
The electrophysiology team at Regional Medical Center has extensive experience with these treatments. To find a cardiologist who specializes in electrophysiology, search our online physician directory or call Consult-a-Nurse® at 1-888-741-5119.
Radiofrequency Ablation: During this procedure, the cardiologist threads catheters into the heart. Once the doctor identifies the area of tissue that causes the arrhythmia, RF energy is delivered through the catheter to the tissue. This neutralizes (ablates) the cardiac cells that are causing the arrhythmia by creating a block which the electrical impulses can no longer cross.
Pacemaker Implantation: An artificial pacemaker sends electrical signals to the heart, stimulating the heart to beat properly. The pacemaker can be placed during a relatively simple surgical procedure. Both slow and fast heart rates can be controlled with an artificial pacemaker.
Internal Cardiac Defibrillator Implantation: A defibrillator is a device that monitors a patient’s heartbeat. The defibrillator can be surgically placed in the patient’s chest, so that it can issue an electrical shock whenever it detects a dangerous arrhythmia. While a pacemaker sends out regular, consistent electrical pulses, a defibrillator sends out a pulse only when an arrhythmia poses a health hazard.
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: This device can be an option on either a pacemaker or internal cardiac defibrillator device. It helps to resynchronize the ventricles (lower chambers of the heart) allowing both sides of the heart to beat in a coordinated way. This device may relieve symptoms of heart failure such as fatigue and shortness of breath.
Arrhythmia Mapping: Advanced three-dimensional imaging used in locating and treating arrhythmias.