Helping Hearts Keep the Beat
Electrophysiology is a cardiology specialty that focuses on treating conditions that cause problems with your heart’s rhythm. Our electrophysiology lab is a specially equipped catheterization lab devoted to heartbeat problems, and is the only lab in Washington state to offer radiation-free ablation therapy.
How We Help
At Pulse Heart Institute, our board-certified electrophysiologists can repair a wide range of heartbeat-related problems, often by using extremely small electronic devices implanted in the body and connected directly to the heart.
Common procedures we perform include:
Catheter Ablation: Many rhythm problems are caused by abnormal heart tissues. The abnormal tissue creates alternate routes for the electrical pulse that causes the heart to beat. These new pathways interfere with the heart’s normal pumping action because the electrical signals aren’t being delivered correctly. Catheter ablation uses a device called a transducer, carried on the end of a catheter, to direct high-frequency radio waves at the abnormal tissue, destroying it. This restores the normal electrical pathways so the heart can beat normally.
Defibrillator Placement: An internal cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a tiny device that senses and corrects abnormally fast heart rhythms. It is implanted in a small pouch under the skin near the heart. The electrophysiologist uses a catheter to thread the ICD connectors through a vein and attach them to the heart muscle.
Pacemaker Implantation: Pacemakers sense abnormally slow heart rhythms and correct them. Like an internal defibrillator, it is also implanted just under the skin, and a catheter is used to connect it to the heart.
Schedule an Appointment
Does your heart care need the expertise of an electrophysiologist?
To schedule an appointment, or refer a patient, please call 253-396-4825 (Puget Sound Region) or 509-755-5500 (Inland Northwest Region).