Once you have been diagnosed with an arrhythmia, our heart specialists work with you to determine the treatment that is best for you. We consider your health, your heart’s condition, and your risk for heart disease and other complications.
Arrhythmia Center Treatments and Services
Electrophysiology (EP) Treatments
Electrophysiology (EP) is the treatment we use to help reset your heart so it beats the way it should. Our electrophysiologists perform more than 5,000 procedures each year, making this team one of the most experienced in the country.
Our electrophysiology services and procedures include:
Cardioversion – This procedure can correct arrhythmias with special medicine or with low-grade electrical shocks while you are asleep.
Catheter Ablation of Arrhythmias – In this procedure, catheters (thin, flexible tubes) with wires are put into a blood vessel and guided into your heart. A special machine sends energy to your heart through one of the catheters. The energy destroys small areas of heart tissue that are causing your arrhythmia.
Loop Recorder Implantations and Monitoring – A loop recorder is a small device that is implanted just under the skin on the chest. It records the electrical activity of the heart.
Pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implants and Follow-up – Pacemakers and ICDs devices placed in your chest or abdomen. They use electrical pulses to help your heart beat normally.
Resynchronization Therapy for Heart Failure – This therapy uses a special pacemaker that paces both chambers of the heart at once.
Transtelephonic Arrhythmia Monitoring – Some devices can send data to our team over telephone lines.
Pacemakers, Cardiac Devices and Services
When you have a cardiac device, such as a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator, your doctor will want to see you every six to 12 months to make sure your device is working the way it is should. We have Cardiac Device Clinics located throughout the metro Atlanta area that provide the follow-up care you need.
Device Clinic Services
- Clinical follow-up of pacemakers, implantable defibrillators (ICDs), loop recorders and other devices
- Remote monitoring and follow-up of implantable pacemakers and defibrillators
- Preoperative evaluation if you are scheduled for surgery at Emory
- Transtelephonic monitoring (transferring data through telephone lines) for pacemakers
- Programming assessments if symptoms continue after device placement
- Quarterly ICD and AF support group meetings
- Patient education and support by experienced and caring staff members