Electrophysiology

The electrophysiology (EP) team at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Heart Institute specializes in diagnosing and treating cardiac rhythm disturbances and heart arrhythmias in children and adults. In our advanced EP lab, we can treat certain arrhythmias, and lower risk factors and alleviate symptoms for others.

What Is Electrophysiology (EP)?

EP is the branch of cardiology that deals with heart rhythm conditions. Electrophysiologists (EPs) work to treat your heart’s electrical system. EPs have specialized training beyond their training in cardiology.

Our EP lab has specialized equipment that helps EPs diagnose and treat arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms). EP treatments include:

  • Medical management: Medicine can control some types of arrhythmias.
  • Ablation: This minimally invasive procedure uses heat or cold to safely destroy the tissue that’s causing the arrhythmia.
  • Implanting devices: We sometimes use pacemakers or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to control potentially dangerous arrhythmias. Learn more about how we treat arrhythmia.

Why Choose Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital for Electrophysiology?

We know that parents have choices about heart care for their children. When it comes to electrophysiology treatments, we offer:

  • Sophisticated ablation techniques: Ablation can treat many kinds of arrhythmias. With this minimally invasive procedure, children usually spend one night in the hospital and are home the next day. Learn more about ablation.
  • Advanced technology: Not only do we have years of experience caring for children with heart rhythm disturbances, we also have some of the latest technology. For example, we are able to get a better view of the heart than ever before with 3-D heart imaging to minimize X-ray use.
  • Complete heart care: Our EP team works with other pediatric cardiac specialists to treat a wide range of heart conditions. From congenital heart disease to heart transplant, we truly offer the full range of pediatric heart care.
  • Ability to treat adults: Our EPs are trained to treat both pediatric and adult patients. Because many arrhythmias have a genetic component, it’s important that we can treat entire families. As children with heart conditions grow, they also benefit from our dedicated adult congenital heart disease program.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment or learn about our award-winning pediatric heart team, call 954-265-3437.