Electrophysiology is the study of the electrical rhythms and functions of your heart. In the past, patients in Central Louisiana often had to leave the area to receive the following treatments from an Electrophysiologist.

Leadless Cardiac Pacemaker

A leadless pacemaker is used to treat patients experiencing an irregular or a slow heartbeat. Like other pacemakers, the leadless pacemaker sends electrical impulses to restore the heart’s normal rhythm. The leadless pacemaker used at Rapides Regional Medical Center is the smallest of its kind.

About the leadless pacemaker:

  • Cosmetically invisible after the implantation
  • Less than 1/10th the size of traditional pacemakers
  • About the same size as a large vitamin
  • No wires required
  • Approved for full body MRI scans
  • 12-year battery life
  • FDA approved device

About the procedure:

The leadless pacemaker is delivered directly via a minimally invasive procedure to the heart through a vein in the leg. No surgical incision or pocket under the skin is required. Patients who have a port and are prone to infection often benefit from a leadless pacemaker.

Cardiac Ablations

Cardiac ablation is a procedure to correct heart rhythms. This procedure, often done in a Cath Lab setting, works by scarring or destroying tissue in your heart that triggers or sustains an abnormal heart rhythm (also known as arrhythmia).

Cardiac ablation usually uses long, flexible tubes (catheters) inserted through a vein or artery in your groin and threaded to your heart to deliver energy in the form of heat or extreme cold to modify the tissues in your heart that cause an arrhythmia.