The 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
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
Some of the features offered here include:
Ablation - Through cauterization, this procedure restores the heart to its normal rhythm.
Electrophysiology Studies - This work assesses the heart's electrical activity.
- Permanent Pacemaker Implant
- Internal Cardioverter