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ElectrophysiologyThe Electrophysiology Program of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System offers expertise and the most advanced diagnostics and treatments available today for people with an irregular heartbeat, known as cardiac arrhythmia.

Each patient who comes to our Electrophysiology Lab undergoes a comprehensive evaluation to determine the most appropriate treatment. Diagnostic and treatment services include a variety of monitoring techniques, active electrophysiology laboratories, ongoing clinical research trials, drug therapy programs and patient education classes and support groups.

Our Electrophysiology specialists are investigating the causes of heart irregularities and developing new methods for treatment. We utilize breakthrough techniques such as advanced mapping, catheter ablation and device therapy to treat many of the most complex and previously untreatable arrhythmias. We also use multiple imaging modalities during procedures and technologies such as CT and MRI to ensure your safety
during ablations.

The SVMHS Electrophysiology Program is one of a few programs focusing on catheter ablation to treat ventricular tachycardia, one of the most challenging cardiac conditions. This technologically demanding procedure may prove to be a promising addition to device therapy, which does not prevent recurrence, and to pharmacologic treatment, which often causes multiple side effects. Newer mapping and ablation technologies are being studied that may further enhance the potential of VT ablation.

SVMHS Electrophysiologists are experts in the implantation and follow-up for patients with resynchronization devices, implantable defibrillators and pacemakers. We are often called in when previous attempts at device implantation have failed.

The team works closely with the cardiothoracic surgery department on collaborative surgical and catheter-based approaches to atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia treatment. Our arrhythmia specialists are involved in and lead clinical research trials of new strategies and to fine tune existing technologies.