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Electrophysiology Lab

The cardiac electrophysiology service at the Hennepin Heart Center provides a wide range of therapeutic modalities for management of heart rhythm disturbances. Our state-of-the-art biplane cardiac electrophysiology laboratory has an advanced, three-dimensional mapping system for managing cardiac arrhythmias and offers the following services:

  • 3D Cardiac mapping is a process that can map and detect specific electrical activity of the heart in real time. Any irregularities can be immediately diagnosed and potentially treated.
  • Catheter ablation is a procedure which uses long, flexible tubes that are inserted through a vein in your groin and threaded to your heart to correct structural problems in your heart that cause heart rhythm problems.
  • Defibrillator implantation is intended for patients at high risk with irregular heart rhythm. This device can find an irregular rhythm and shock the heart back into a regular rhythm. A small incision is made near the heart and the device is connected electrically to the heart.
  • Pacemakers are artificial devices that stimulate the heart muscle and regulate its contractions.
  • Implantable Loop Recorders, also known as an insertable cardiac monitors, are small devices that are implanted just under the skin of the chest to record the heart's electrical activity.
  • Tilt table testing is a test used to evaluate the cause of unexplained fainting. During a tilt table test, you lie on a table that moves from a horizontal to a vertical position. Your heart rate and blood pressure are monitored throughout the tilt table test.