The Froedtert Electrophysiology Laboratory is specially equipped for the treatment of complex heart rhythm disorders including abnormal rhythms of the upper part of the heart such as Atrial Fibrillation (AF), Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT) and potentially dangerous rhythms of the lower part of the heart such as Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) and cardiac arrest.
All pacemakers and defibrillators at Froedtert are implanted and followed by Electrophysiology specialists. This means that the physician performing the procedure has a large experience with complex device management and performs a large number of procedures. These factors are associated with a lower risk for the patient and maximize the prospects for a good long-term result. In addition to inpatient procedures and management, the Arrhythmia Service maintains a large outpatient practice for long-term management of patients with complex rhythm problems, pacemakers or defibrillators. Electrophysiologists are available for physician consultation as well as patient self-referral.
Additionally, our electrophysiology team provides close follow-up for our pacemaker and defibrillator patients, optimizing the long-term care of our patients. Electrophysiologists at MCW implanted more than 450 pacemakers and defibrillators over the last year. We have extensive experience with new device technologies, including leadless pacemakers, leadless defibrillators, and HIS bundle pacing. Chronic pacemaker and defibrillator leads sometimes require replacement and our multidisciplinary team of electrophysiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional radiologists has a successful track record of safe and successful lead removal.
MCW Electrophysiologists manage patients from hospitals around the state and northern Illinois while on call 24 hours a day to manage emergencies. Froedtert's emergency department and Flight for Life helicopter access makes it possible to manage difficult problems quickly and successfully.