In 2006, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford became the first in Northeast Tarrant County with an electrophysiology (EP) laboratory. The EP lab provides a specialized level of cardiac care for care for patients with irregular heartbeats, also called arrhythmias.
Electrophysiology is a subspecialty of cardiology that addresses problems with the heart's electrical wiring by diagnosing and correcting rhythm disturbances. Patients now have access to physicians and equipment that specialize in treating rhythm disturbances in the heart, close to home.
Procedures performed in the EP lab include:
- Pacemaker implants
- Automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator (AICD)
- Bi-ventricular cardiac re-synchronization therapy, which helps both sides of the heart contract properly
- Ablations, corrects abnormal electrical pathways in the heart so the current flows properly
- 3-D mapping, which helps physicians find the source of an abnormal heartbeat
- EP studies to determine the cause of rhythm disturbances