Electrophysiology

The Mississippi Heart and Vascular Institute’s Electrophysiology program is a regional referral center for heart rhythm disorders. Our board-certified electrophysiologists collaborate with surgeons, cardiologists and other highly specialized physicians to provide the best and most focused care for patients.

What is a heart rhythm disorder?

A heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia) occurs when the electrical impulses in the heart that keep it beating or pumping ‘in rhythm’ are not working correctly.

How do I know if I have a rhythm disorder?

You may experience the following symptoms if you have an arrhythmia

  • Lightheaded
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Fluttering in your chest
  • Heart racing

The electrophysiologists at the Mississippi Heart and Vascular Institute (MHVI) provide a range of treatment options for patients with abnormal or irregular heartbeats.

These include:

EP Study: a diagnostic test to look for causes of cardiac arrhythmia. It can also detect a propensity to cardiac arrhythmia and target patients more likely to benefit from pacemaker or defibrillator placement.

Pacemaker: This devices has wires that are placed into the chambers of the heart and can stimulate the heart to beat if necessary.

Defibrillator: The internal defibrillator, pacemaker can monitor the heart rhythm and detect a malignant heart rhythm and shock or pace the heart back to a regular rhythm.

Ablation: A procedure where the electrical focus of arrhythmia is found and corrected through shocking or cool touch catheters.