Cardiovascular Medicine

MCW Electrophysiology Laboratory

Arrhythmia Service, Electrophysiology, Pacemaker and Defibrillator Laboratories

Electrophysiology Lab

The Medical College of Wisconsin Arrhythmia Service consists of six Cardiologists with special training and Board Certification in Cardiac Electrophysiology. These physicians specialize exclusively in the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders including Catheter Ablation, Pacemaker and Defibrillator surgery and followup. Please see the Arrhythmia Service page for more details.

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.

Catheter Ablation is a technique which permits the cure of many common rhythm problems without surgery. The Electrophysiology Laboratory is specially equipped with state of the art digital fluoroscopy equipment, specialized computerized 3-Dimensional cardiac mapping equipment, and intravascular ultrasound permitting the visualization of structures within the heart. Our Electrophysiologists specialize in complex atrial arrhythmias associated with prior heart surgery and congenital heart disease as well and ventricular rhythms due to coronary blockages and prior heart attack using new curative techniques. These techniques, guided by computerized 3-Dimensional mapping of the heart, permit the treatment and cure of previously untreatable rhythm problems. Electrophysiologists at MCW performed more than 140 ablation procedures in the last year.

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. Electrophysiologists at MCW performed 200 pacemaker surgical procedures and more than 150 defibrillator surgical procedures over the last year. They currently follow more than 600 pacemaker patients and more than 350 defibrillator patients in the Milwaukee area.

MCW Electrophysiologists manage patients from hospitals around the state and northern Illinois, are 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.

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.