Electrophysiology and Device Implants
Sometimes your heart literally skips a beat, beats too slowly, or beats a few too many times. In both cases, the electrophysiology department at THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano can help. We diagnose and treat heart rate or rhythm abnormalities, called arrhythmias. We offer a variety of advanced tools with which we can assess your symptoms and pinpoint the cause(s).
When you arrive, one of our clinical nurses specializing in arrhythmia care will meet with you to discuss your health history and symptoms. Based on this discussion, a decision will be made about the best diagnostic options for your unique situation. These tools may include:
- CHAD scoring, a simple way of assessing stroke risk associated with arrhythmia
- Echocardiogram, a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart
- Electrocardiogram (ECG), a test that measures the electrical activity of the heart
- Sleep apnea questionnaire
When results are available, a consultation may be arranged for you that might include your nurse, your referring physician (if applicable), an electrophysiologist, and a cardiac surgeon, and a treatment plan will be determined.
Some arrhythmias require an implanted device to keep the heart beating in a healthy rhythm. At THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano, we leverage our proven medical expertise to implant the device designed to manage your arrhythmia effectively. The types of devices we implant include:
- Implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD): People who have experienced a heart attack or are at risk for ventricular tachycardia or atrial fibrillation often receive ICDs to manage their condition. An ICD is attached to the heart via leads, and when necessary, they deliver electrical shocks to restore a normal heart rhythm.
- Pacemaker: People with chronic conditions that cause persistent or intermittent slowing of the heart rate often receive pacemakers. Pacemakers are placed under the skin in your chest or abdomen, and they regulate a heartbeat that is too fast, too slow, or irregular.
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT): People with moderate to severe heart failure and a symptom called ventricular dysynchrony (the lower chambers of the heart contract at different times) can receive this special "biventricular" pacemaker. Biventricular pacemakers deliver electrical energy that causes the two ventricles to beat simultaneously again.
Device implantation is often an outpatient procedure, although you may need to spend a night or two with us.
We work collaboratively with you, your primary care physician, cardiologist, and other specialists to provide accurate and effective diagnosis and treatment.
For a referral to an physician on the medical staff at THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano who specializes in electrophysiology, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or use the Physician Finder tool on this website.