Physicians often describe the heart as having a plumbing system and an electrical system. Problems with the heart’s plumbing system may lead to a heart attack while problems with the electrical system cause irregular heart rhythms.
The new Electrophysiology (EP) Lab at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center is on the cutting edge of treating the heart’s electrical system. It’s the only lab of its kind in the western United States and provides faster and safer treatment for heart rhythm patients.
The new lab uses GPS-based equipment to accurately pinpoint the spot in the heart that is generating an irregular rhythm. Physicians can then ablate, or burn, the area to interrupt that signal. Having pinpoint accuracy decreases the chances of unnecessary scar tissue and proves to be better for a patient’s overall heart health.
Radiation exposure to patients in the new lab will be up to 80 percent lower than what takes place today. Physicians use devices containing tiny sensors that emit an electromagnetic signal. Tracking these signals on pre-recorded images allows doctors to avoid using prolonged fluoroscopy during the procedure, thus reducing the radiation exposure.
The Heart Services team at Utah Valley Regional is dedicated to providing the highest-quality care to heart rhythm patients from across Utah and beyond in this state-of-the-art EP lab.
Services Available in the Electrophysiology Lab