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Electrophysiology and Cardiac Arrhythmia Service

Bridgeport Hospital heart rhythm specialists use the latest diagnostics, medications, devices and innovative approaches to care for patients with irregular heart rhythms, heart palpitations and slow and rapid heart rhythms.

Conditions

Our cardiac electrophysiologists treat patients with all types of heart rhythm disorders, including:

  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial flutter
  • Bradycardia
  • Brugada Syndrome
  • Device follow-up, including remote home monitoring
  • Device infections
  • Long QT Syndrome
  • Premature atrial and ventricular beats
  • Supraventricular tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Ventricular arrhythmias
  • Ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White

Treatments

Available treatments include:

  • Antiarrhythmic medications
  • Cardiac ablation, including catheter and complex procedures
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) for congestive heart failure
  • Complicated ablation procedures and pulmonary vein isolations
  • Diagnostic electrophysiology studies and risk stratifications
  • Electrical cardioversion
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) insertions (transvenous and subcutaneous)
  • Left atrial appendage closure
  • Minimaze procedures
  • Implantable pacemaker insertions (transvenous and leadless)
  • Three-dimensional arrhythmia mapping and ablation

Maze Procedure Surgery

In some cases, surgical treatment is required to treat abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias. The maze procedure is a surgical treatment for atrial fibrillation. The surgeon can use small incisions in the heart tissue and burn or freeze the area, thereby creating scar tissue that does not conduct the electrical activity causing the atrial fibrillation. The scar tissue directs electric signals through a controlled path, or maze, to the lower heart chambers (ventricles) and can maintain a normal heart rhythm. Similar surgery can also be performed to treat ventricular arrhythmias. In addition, our surgeons can implant cardiac devices, including pacemakers, for abnormally slow heart rhythms and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) for fast and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias.