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Provena Saint Joseph Hospital opens EP Lab
02/12/2007
Keeping with our commitment to bringing innovative care services to the communities we serve, Provena Saint Joseph Hospital has opened an advanced electrophysiology lab and is now providing advanced EP services .
Cardiac rhythm conditions are common and can often be treated with medication. When medication fails, arrhythmia patients can turn to the electrophysiological treatment now provided at PSJH.
Led by electrophysiologist, Paul Nguyen, MD and cardiologist, James Burks, MD, EP services provided PSJH include:
Electrophysiology Exam – With a small catheter the electrical activity of the heart is measured to detect any abnormalities. If an electrical condition is detected, an appropriate treatment plan is created, which may involve any of the following protocols:
Pacemaker implantation – Pacemakers are implanted in the upper chest area to help the heart consistently maintain a healthy rhythm. The lab can also adjust the pacemaker when necessary.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) -- Implanted into the upper chest, this device consistently monitors the heart’s electrical activity. If an arrhythmia occurs, the heart is shocked into a normal rhythm by the ICD.
Ablation – With a catheter, an electrophysiologist can determine where an arrhythmia is rooted and remove the tissue that is causing the electrical disturbance helping the heart return to a permanent healthy rhythm. This procedure is especially beneficial for patients with atrial fibrillation.
For more information on the Provena Saint Joseph Hospital Electrophysiology Lab or other cardiac services go to www.provena.org/saintjoseph.

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