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VCU Pauley Heart Center

Cardiac Arrhythmia (Electrophysiology) services

People working togetherClinical Electrophysiology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, which are conditions related to the electrical or conduction system of the heart. We treat patients with a wide variety of abnormal heart rhythms, including bradyarrhythmias (slow heart beating), tachyarrhythmias (fast heart beating), syncope (passing out) and congestive heart failure.

Arrhythmia patients that come to the Pauley Heart Center electrophysiology clinic are evaluated and treated by one of the most highly respected cardiac electrophysiology teams in the country. Dr. Ken Ellenbogen and Dr. Mark Wood, authors of five seminal textbooks on electrophysiology and pacing, and editorial board members of the top five cardiovascular medicine journals, lead the team.

Our electrophysiology clinic is outfitted with world class technology and equipment, including the most sophisticated three-dimensional and ultrasound heart mapping systems and the revolutionary Stereotaxis computerized magnetic navigation system. The Stereotaxis system uses computer-controlled magnets, positioned outside of the body, to steer medical devices such as catheters and guidewires through the cardiovascular system to targeted sites in the heart and coronary vasculature.

The experience and expertise of our electrophysiology team has placed our electrophysiology clinic among the top referral centers for evaluation and treatment of complex arrhythmias. Our diagnostic procedures include the most advanced diagnostic electrophysiology studies as well as mapping and ablation of ventricular and supraventricular arrhythmias, Holter monitoring, implantable monitoring, transtelephonic monitoring, tilt table testing, and for patients with implanted pacing devices, long-term follow-up. Intervention options include internal and external cardioversion, catheter radiofrequency ablation, catheter cryoablation, pacemaker implantation, cardiac defibrillator implantation, implantation of cardiac resynchronization devices, laser lead extraction, and administration of standard and investigational drugs.

The physicians in our electrophysiology clinic are involved in research on new investigational devices for bradycardia pacing, antitachycardia pacing and defibrillation, as well as new investigational antiarrhythmic drugs. The faculty is working with several companies to develop new tools and techniques to cure atrial fibrillation through a variety of ablation systems, including both radiofrequency and cryoablation.

For information about our treatments for the most common form of arrhythmia— atrial fibrillation—please visit our Atrial Fibrillation Program page.