The Torrance Memorial Heart Rhythm program specializes in the study, diagnosis,
and treatment of the abnormalities (arrhythmias) of the electrical conduction of the heart. An electrophysiologist, a
cardiologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatments the abnormalities
of the electrical conduction of the heart, performs the procedure in the
electrophysiology (EP) lab. The EP Lab staff consists of cardiovascular
technicians and registered nurses who have received extensive education
and training in the diagnostic procedures and treatments that occur in the lab.
The Lundquist Lurie Cardiovascular Heart Rhythm Program is the most experienced
heart rhythm management program in the South Bay and consists of state-of-the-art
labs, advanced mapping technology and dedicated
Comprehensive Heart Rhythm Treatment
Drug treatment is often the first option for treating arrhythmias. However
medication may not be enough to solve rhythm disorders.
When more advanced treatment are needed, physicians at the Torrance Memorial
Heart Rhythm Center use the latest technology to diagnose problems and
conduct minimally invasive procedure in our electrophysiology laboratories
and operating rooms.
These are just a few of the procedures performed:
A diagnostic test evaluating the electrical activity of the heart. The
results are used to guide the physician to the cause and treatment of
a heart arrhythmia.
A form of treatment for abnormal heart rhythms (such as tachycardia, atrial
fibrillation, atrial flutter). The procedure involves using high frequency
electrical energy to destroy a small amount of the hearts conduction system
that allows the abnormal rhythm to occur.
A pacemaker is an implanted medical device that stimulates the heart muscle
with electrical discharges that causes the heart to beat.
Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator
An ICD or Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator, is an implanted electronic
device that constantly monitors heart rhythm. It has the capability to
work as a pacemaker and/or to defibrillate the heart during very fast
abnormal heart rhythm. The device is implanted to protect against sudden
Tilt Table Test
The test helps the physician evaluate certain blood pressure and heart
reflexes that keep blood flowing through the body. It requires the individual
to stand tilted on the test table while monitoring/recording of the blood
pressure, heart rate, and any symptoms occurs. Disruption in the normal
reflexes that control blood pressure and heart rate, which causes symptoms
such as dizziness, nausea or even passing out, is indicative of a positive
A procedure performed using a low energy shock to restore the heart to
a normal rhythm.
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