Electrophysiology Services

An electrophysiology study (EPS) is a detailed study of the heart’s electrical system. It is done to see if you have an abnormal heart rhythm, or arrhythmia, and if so, from where the abnormal rhythm is coming. The EPS is often able to be completed as a same day procedure.

Small plastic catheters are placed into the groin and advanced to the heart for the procedure. A few hours of bed rest is required after the procedure. This is a diagnostic study which may lead to the placement of pacemaker or AICD. It may also precede an ablation.

Gundersen continues to raise the bar in the care of heart patients with the help of some of the nation’s top electrophysiologists, Masood Akhtar, MD, FACC; Zalman Blanck, MD, FACC; and Indrajit Choudhuri, MD, of the Comprehensive Cardiovascular Care Group.

Electrophysiologists are cardiologists who have additional education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal heart rhythms. They work closely with other doctors who treat patients with heart disease.

Electrophysiology is used to help determine if a patient is at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) or cardiovascular disease. If properly diagnosed, once-fatal cardiac arrhythmias can be managed or even cured. That’s why the work of electrophysiologists is so important.

Drs. Akhtar, Blanck and Mortada come to Gundersen in La Crosse to complement the electrophysiology services provided by cardiologists Ward Brown, MD, FACC, and Julio Bird, MD, FACC.

While Gundersen has a top-rated, first-line electrophysiology program, growing patient volume necessitated adding services. We were fortunate enough to get the most advanced level of consultation available in the specialty for the benefit of our patients.

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