Cardiac Electrophysiology Program

The Cardiac Electrophysiology Program at UPMC — the largest and most comprehensive program of its kind in western Pennsylvania — performs cutting-edge techniques for treating arrhythmias and other potentially serious disorders affecting the heart’s rhythm.

Conditions and Treatments

Our heart patients benefit from the depth and breadth of our experience in treating:

  • Irregular heart rates
  • Cardiac syncope (fainting)
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Other heart rhythm disorders

Our highly skilled team of cardiac surgeons provides a full range of treatments, including:

  • Medications
  • Pacemakers and defibrillators
  • Radiofrequency ablation

Risk Identification

The Cardiac EP Program provides expert risk identification and a variety of therapies to diagnose and treat cardiac arrhythmias. Noninvasive techniques employed to detect and monitor arrhythmias include:

  • Endless loop EKG-event monitoring
  • 24-hour Holter monitoring
  • Signal-averaged EKG testing
  • Novel technologies for analyzing heartbeat irregularities

The Cardiac EP Program at UPMC also offers the full range of clinical electrophysiologic procedures, including:

  • Comprehensive evaluation for patients with syncope and palpitations, including ambulatory and implantable cardiac monitoring, head-up tilt-table testing, and invasive electrophysiologic testing.
  • Implantation of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), including biventricular pacing devices for the treatment of advanced heart failure, as well as transtelephonic monitoring for outpatient follow up.
  • Laser-assisted lead extraction of chronic infected or non-functional device leads – the only center in western Pennsylvania that performs this demanding procedure.
  • Catheter-based ablation for complex supraventricular and ventricular tachyarrhythmias, using state-of-the-art mapping systems, intracardiac echocardiography, and pulsed fluoroscopy, all of which limit patient radiation exposure.

Cardiac Electrophysiology Labs

UPMC’s electrophysiology laboratories provide the latest equipment for diagnosing and treating abnormal heart rhythms.

The invasive cardiac electrophysiology laboratories:

  • Are specially equipped for enhanced sterility.
  • Provide advanced imaging capabilities for complex catheter ablations.
  • Offer state-of-the-art intracardiac monitoring and recording.

The noninvasive electrophysiology laboratory boasts advanced technology, including:

  • 32- and 192-lead body surface mapping equipment to precisely identify and map the areas responsible for the arrhythmia.
  • A pacemaker analyzing system to efficiently conduct pacemaker tests and follow-up care.

What Distinguishes our Cardiac Electrophysiology Program?

  • Our specialty centers — the UPMC Cardiac Electrophysiology Program is the only one in the region with subspecialty centers for the evaluation and management of atrial arrhythmias and infected implanted pacemakers and other heart-rhythm devices.
  • Our expertise — with renowned faculty members, our program ranks as one of the largest in the United States.
  • Our research — the program has become known for leading research into the underlying causes of arrhythmia and developing improved methods for diagnosis and treatment.

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Cardiac electrophysiology

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