Electrophysiology is the cardiology specialty that diagnoses and treats heart arrhythmia, a disturbance of the heart's normal rhythm that may be serious and even life-threatening. At Kalispell Regional Medical Center, electrophysiologists use the most advanced technology to detect, diagnose and treat arrhythmia. Electrophysiology procedures at KRMC are performed in the cardiac catheterization lab and include:
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
An ICD is a small electronic device that is permanently placed inside the body to help control the heart's rhythm, speed and pattern. Like a pacemaker, it constantly monitors the heart rhythm. Most important, it has the ability to stop a dangerous arrhythmia.
Electrophysiology (EP) Study
An EP study is a diagnostic study in which a catheter in gently inserted into the vessels that return blood to the heart and lungs. The catheter is guided into the heart, and the catheter's electrodes gather data regarding the heart's electrical function. During an EP study, an electrophysiologist may provoke arrhythmia and collect data about the events, helping the cardiologist assess the needed treatment.