Kelowna General Hospital

Kelowna General Hospital

Heart Rhythm Services provide testing and treatments for irregular heart rhythms. 

This includes electrophysiology studies, cardiac ablations and implanted heart devices.

An electrophysiology study is a test that looks at the heart’s electrical system or activity to confirm if there is an irregular heart rhythm that may need to be treated. This test may be done if you have any of the following:

  • A heart beat that is too fast, too slow or irregular
  • Fainting spells (syncope)
  • Risk of sudden cardiac death
  • As part of testing required before heart surgery or a cardiac ablation

A cardiac ablation is a procedure used to correct an irregular heart rhythm by using heat or cold to disrupt the electrical pathways and create a normal heart rhythm.

Implanted heart devices are small electronic devices that is inserted surgically and may be used to help the heart pump, to check your heart rate or to treat serious heart rhythms that may make your feel unwell.

Resources

Electrophysiology: Studies And Cardiac Ablations

What you need to know: A patient and family guide

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