Pediatric Electrophysiology Procedure
Cardiac electrophysiology is a procedure used to identify abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). When there is a concern about a child’s heartbeat, an electrophysiology study determines which type of arrhythmia is present.
About clinical cardiac electrophysiology
During the test, the physician uses x-ray technology to place electrodes inside the patient’s heart. They can better analyze the irregular rhythm by pinpointing which area of the heart is sending faulty signals. Once discovered, they can use radiofrequency ablation to disrupt the pathway causing arrhythmia.
Electrophysiology of heart: preparation and risks
Before the cardiac electrophysiology study, patients may be instructed to stop taking certain medications. They will also likely need to avoid food and drink for 6-8 hours before the procedure. Bleeding, infection, clots, vein injuries, heart attack, or stroke are potential risks of this test.
Pediatric electrophysiology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, we make sure every heart patient is treated with quality care by our top pediatric health professionals. Our Cardiac Electrophysiology Program is at the forefront of pacemaker and defibrillator implantation. Ventricular pacing technology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has even improved heart function in patients with heart failure. The program also provides lead management services, including lead extraction for children and adults with congenital heart disease.