The Electrophysiology Laboratory at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is equipped to provide a full range of cardiac care services. Electrophysiology is used to help diagnose and treat arrhythmias (abnormal heart beats). Cardiologists at NYPBMH carefully evaluate each patient to determine whether this treatment is appropriate.
Arrhythmia means that the heart beats too slowly, too rapidly, or in an irregular pattern. There are many types of arrhythmias, which are identified according to where they occur in the heart and by what happens to the heart's rhythm when they occur.
Arrhythmias are classified based on the presence or absence of heart disease. In the absence of structural heart disease, all arrhythmias are benign (harmless) and do not have an impact on health or longevity. In other cases, however, arrhythmias can indicate the presence of heart disease, which is why a physician should evaluate them.
Individuals experience the symptoms of arrhythmia differently. Some who have this condition may not feel any symptoms, and their arrhythmia will go unnoticed until it is detected by a doctor during a routine examination. Others may experience only minor symptoms, while some are sensitive to the slightest sensation. Symptoms commonly reported include palpitations, shortness of breath, fainting, and chest pain.
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital offers a full range of diagnostic tests including electrophysiology study (EP) study and tilt table test. Advanced cardiac resynchronization therapy is also offered, when appropriate, and includes pacemaker implantation, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion, subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator insertion (S-ICD) and cardiac ablation.