Resurrection Medical Center
7435 West Talcott Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631
Our new, highly advanced 3-D Mapping in the Electrophysiology Laboratory greatly enhances our ability to study the electrical system of the heart for patients with arrhythmias, or abnormal heartbeats -- without major surgery. The flow of electricity is "mapped" by tiny electrodes at the tip of a catheter, and computer-generated models provide precise information about where the problem originates.
Catheter ablation can now provide a cure for many abnormally fast heartbeats without the need for surgery or life-saving medications. Special electrode catheters are positioned near the abnormal electrical pathway where heat energy is used to destroy the pathway. This technique can now also help many patients with atrial fibrillation.
Implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) have been recently shown to prolong life in many patients with advanced heart disease. AN ICD is a lifesaving device about the size of a pager that is inserted under the skin near the collarbone to detect and treat dangerous heart rhythms.
Until recently, pacemakers and defibrillators were used to treat mainly abnormally slow or fast heartbeats. For patients with heart failure, cardiac resynchronization therapy is a revolutionary new technique that uses these implantable devices and a tiny wire placed on the left side of the heart to make the heart beat stronger and more efficiently.
For more information about the Electrophysiology Laboratory or to make an appointment, call 773-792-5023.