Electrophysiology

Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute also provides a full range of electrophysiology services for patients with dysfunctional cardiac rhythms. Procedures are performed in dedicated electrophysiology laboratory utilizing equipment capable of mapping the heart's electrical circuitry.

Control of arrhythmias is achieved with a variety of internally implanted pacing devices, pharmacologic agents or through ablative intervention. Through the device clinic, telephonic monitoring is available to patients with permanent pacemakers. Patients with internal cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) can visit the device clinic for routine checks. A device specialist under physician supervision does any device reprogramming in this clinic.

Patients are treated on an inpatient and outpatient basis with the focus of the practice shifting to the outpatient setting. Most procedures are handled as elective same day surgeries with patients being discharged from the hospital within 24 hours. This is made possible through the utilization of the Cardiovascular Observation Unit that is staffed continuously with nurses possessing strong cardiovascular care backgrounds.

Staffing in the Electrophysiology Laboratory consists primarily of attending physicians credentialed in Clinical Electrophysiology with the assistance of technical and nursing personnel extensively trained in the treatment of arrhythmias. A team of staff members, in concert with the cardiac catheterization laboratories, is on call at all times to handle acute cases presently in-house, admitted through the Emergency Department or transferred from an outlying institution. A certified nurse practitioner is also dedicated to the care and management of these patients in the outpatient setting.

The Electrophysiology Laboratory uses practice guidelines for clinical electrophysiology as prescribed by the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology.

The electrophysiology team from Penn State offers extensive experience managing patients with heart rhythm problems. Armed with access to the world's leading clinical trials, the electrophysiology experts treat simple to complex heart arrhythmia irregularities in both pediatric and adult patient populations.

Internationally-known for shaping cardiac care, these specialists have held leadership positions in national organizations, helping to lay the groundwork for developing standards and guidelines for delivering cardiac care nationwide.

To make an appointment, please call 877-467-7484 (877 GO PSHVI) or 717-531-4554 or 717-531-8407.