Cardiac electrophysiology is the study of the heart’s electrical system. The cardiologists at Metro Heart & Vascular are trained to diagnose, monitor and treat abnormal heart rates (arrhythmias). The physicians have a variety of tools at their disposal which will treat a heart that is beating too fast or too slow, such as implantable pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD’s).
Abnormal heart beats (cardiac arrhythmias) can cause fainting. An implantable loop recorder saves a recording of the heart rhythms before, during and after a fainting episode. The recordings are then evaluated by a physician to help determine the cause of fainting.
If your physician discovers an irregular heart beat (arrhythmia), they may use an electrical shock (cardioversion) to reset it. To perform a cardioversion, your physician will place electrodes on your chest which send an electrical shock straight to your heart. In most people, a cardioversion quickly restores a normal heart rhythm.
To maintain your implantable device, we offer a pacemaker/ICD device clinic for follow up evaluations to ensure that the unit is working correctly and effectively. To view some of our patients’ stories, click here.
The specialists at Metro Heart & Vascular offer a full array of heart and vascular services. For more information or to schedule an appointment at any one of our six locations in the West Michigan area, call (616) 252-5950.