Hospital Enhances Electrophysiology Lab with New Technology

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Adventist GlenOaks Hospital has enhanced the treatment capacity for patients with heart rhythm disorders with the installation of with one of the most advanced heart mapping and ablation systems, called EnSite Velocity.

The new EnSite Velocity is the most advanced computer-based technology available for mapping any heart rhythm disorder and navigating electrophysiology catheters in real time. The system can identify the pattern of an irregular heart rhythm in a

single heartbeat u and repair the issue on-the-spot. These catheters are very small and are inserted with virtually no discomfort to the patient.

Since these procedures are

performed electively, most patients are able to go home the same day.

Adventist GlenOaks Hospital's cardiac electrophysiology (EP) lab opened in 2009. The EP lab deals with the heart's "electrical" system, providing evaluation, management and treatment of arrhythmias u heart rate and rhythm disorders. These include treatment of atrial fibrillation, WPW, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), and ventricular tachycardia.

The new EnSite system allows physicians to use real-time, three-dimensional graphic displays of any heart chamber. The system also gives physicians their choice of catheters, which are thin, flexible tubes that are inserted into the heart to deliver energy to tiny areas that cause the abnormal heart rhythm. This energy "disconnects" the pathway of the abnormal rhythm and restores a regular heart beat. …