Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology
The Center for Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology provides advanced care for patients with all types of arrhythmias. The Center integrates care in a holistic fashion to provide the full gamut of medical interventions in a warm and supportive environment. There is a collaborative team approach between the cardiac electrophysiologist, cardiologist, cardiac surgeon, nurses and physicians assistants involved in your care, as well as our administrative and ancillary staff, who provide additional support.
Individualized Care for Arrhythmia
Our ultimate goal is to provide individualized care to you, not your arrhythmia. Therapy is tailored to provide the safest, most effective therapy available. Many patients referred to us for surgery can be managed non-invasively, but, if an interventional procedure is required, we collaborate with our surgical colleagues to optimize safety and improve outcomes. As a matter of fact, Maimonides is one of the few hospitals able to perform the convergent procedure, a minimally invasive approach to the treatment of atrial fibrillation, which draws on the multidisciplanary expertise of cardiothoracic surgeons and electrophysiologists (EPs) working in our brand-new hybrid OR.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia, affecting almost 3 million Americans today, a number which is predicted to increase to over 14 million by 2050. At the Maimonides Heart & Vascular Center, your physician will work to exclude any potential reversible causes for your atrial fibrillation. Frequently, an echocardiogram is performed to look for cardiac abnormalities which may be contributing to your arrhythmia.
Initial treatment usually includes medication to slow your heart rate and prevent the arrhythmia from returning. Many patients also require an anticoagulant (blood thinner) and some may require an electrical cardioversion to return the heart to normal rhythm. Long-term management may also include an ablation procedure to prevent the arrhythmia from returning. For more information on atrial fibrillation treatment at Maimonides, click here.
The Maimonides Electrophysiology Laboratory
The Maimonides Electrophysiology Laboratory was founded in 1997 and was recently updated with two brand new, state-of-the-art laboratories. Our laboratory performs over 1,000 electrophysiology cases annually, and has a superb success and safety record for those patients suffering from arrhythmias.