Electrophysiology Services

Mastering the rhythm of your heart


Our approach to electrophysiology services

Electrophysiology (EP) is focused on the electrical system that keeps your heart beating properly. If your heart has problems related to its rhythm, we're here to help.

We’re an industry leader in the left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) procedure to correct irregular heart rhythm. Our experienced team is committed to giving you the best possible care, and we'll work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your individual needs.

Conditions we treat

  • arrhythmias
  • atrial fibrillation
  • bradycardia
  • cardiac rhythm disorders
  • cardiomyopathy
  • heart murmurs

Tests and treatments

When standard tests don’t tell your doctors enough about what is happening with your heart, they may recommend electrophysiology testing. This can include diagnostic EP studies or tilt-table testing.

If you need treatment for an irregular heart rhythm, your doctor may recommend:

  • Cardiac ablation: If you’re experiencing arrhythmia and it’s not responding to medication or lifestyle changes, you might be a candidate for ablation. In this procedure, your WellSpan cardiologist will insert a catheter into your heart via a blood vessel. Then, he or she will apply focused heat to destroy the cells that are causing the electrical problem. Don’t worry — the procedure is painless.
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT & CRT-D): Cardiologists use cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) to treat hearts that aren’t properly contracting or relaxing. With this therapy, a pacemaker is implanted in your body. The tiny computer within the pacemaker coordinates the beating of the two lower chambers of the heart, promoting better blood flow. A CRT-D device includes a defibrillation capability, which can be lifesaving if your heart beats too fast.
  • Cardioversion: Your WellSpan cardiologist may need to perform cardioversion to restore your irregular heartbeat to its normal rhythm. With pharmacological cardioversion, you’ll be given medicine that helps correct the heartbeat. Another option is electrical cardioversion, in which a very brief electrical shock is applied to the heart with the goal of resetting the rhythm. Like ablation, the procedure is painless.
  • Implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD): An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or automated implantable cardioverter defibrillator is a device implantable inside the body, able to perform cardioversion, defibrillation and pacing of the heart. The device is capable of correcting most life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias.
  • Medication
  • Pacemaker: The heart has a natural pacemaker called the sinoatrial node, which is a group of cells that keep the heart beating properly. However, if the node isn’t functioning and you’re experiencing arrhythmia, you may need an artificial pacemaker. A small battery-operated device implanted near your collarbone, a pacemaker sends electrical signals to the heart that ensure a regular heartbeat.
  • Surgery 

How we can help

WellSpan electrophysiologists are experts in the science of cardiac electrophysiology — the electrical system that keeps your heart beating properly. With decades of combined experience — coupled with the latest research — they can accurately diagnose and successfully treat a broad range of conditions related to arrhythmia.

You can count on your care team to create a treatment plan that puts your goals first. Then, we bring together all of the people who will work to help you achieve those outcomes.

Nationwide leader in LAAO

Our reputation puts us first in the nation for the LAAO procedure, paving the way through research and the implantation of hundreds of devices.

Pioneering research and innovation

Our team of experts has performed more than 800 LAAO procedures, and we're leading the way in research, innovation and technological advances.

We've taken part in most of the major studies exploring new techniques and devices for LAAO, including our own original research — and that means you’ll receive the latest evidence-based care.

First CT angiography suite in the world

We've invested in several technologies to improve outcomes, and we're home to the world's first CT angiography suite. This technology offers greater accuracy than ultrasound in confirming that your device is placed correctly and in checking for leaks.

WATCHMAN implant

We use the groundbreaking WATCHMAN FLX implant for LAAO. Our process includes extensive preparation, like 3D printing a replica of your heart to make sure your device is a perfect fit.