Electrophysiology Diagnosis & Treatment

The highly skilled electrophysiology team at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health specializes in treating some of the most complex atrial and ventricular arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm), including atrial fibrillation. 

Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder, affecting more than 4 million  people in the United States. Each year more than 160,000 new cases are diagnosed. The electrophysiology team at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health will work with you to create an individual treatment plan, based on your specific expectations, symptoms and situation.

Conditions we diagnose and treat using electrophysiology

Our heart specialists have access to two dedicated electrophysiology labs and a device implantation room to provide care and treatment for heart patients. The most common conditions we diagnose and treat with electrophysiology include: 

  • Arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation

    Perhaps you feel that your heart is “racing,” or you have unexplained chest pain or dizziness. You may have an arrhythmia, which is an abnormal heart rhythm. The term arrhythmia describes any change from the normal heartbeat rhythm. Types of arrhythmias include tachycardia, a heartbeat that’s too fast; bradycardia, a heartbeat that’s too slow; and atrial fibrillation or AFib, an irregular heartbeat. Our cardiologists and electrophysiologists will work with you to provide the individualized care you need to get back on your feet. 

  • Ventricular tachycardia

    Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is a heart rhythm disorder caused by faulty electrical signals that make your heart beat faster, at a rate of 100 beats a minute or faster. It can cause your heart’s chambers to fall out of sync, so your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. The condition may last only a few seconds, without any symptoms, or much longer, causing fainting, palpitations, lightheadedness, chest pain and dizziness. If left untreated, VT can cause severe complications, and even a heart attack.

Electrophysiology tests and treatments

Our team’s focus is on listening carefully to each person and delivering expert care for each patient at every moment. Our electrophysiologists offer a variety of procedures to treat and manage heart rhythm problems, including:

  • Comprehensive electrophysiology studies
  • Cryoablation,  radiofrequency ablation, hybrid-surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation
  • Ablation of SVT, atrial flutter and complex atrial arrhythmias
  • Transvenous and subcutaneous ICD implantation
  • Biventricular pacemaker implantation for CHF
  • Endocardial and epicardial ablation of ventricular tachycardia
  • Pacemaker and ICD lead extractions
  • Implantable loop recorder implant and follow-up
  • AV nodal ablation for refractory atrial fibrillation
  • Tilt table testing 
  • Left atrial appendage occlusion procedures
  • Complex device implantation including conduction system pacing