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 electrophysiologists.

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:

Electrophysiology Studies

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.

Catheter Ablation

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.

Pacemakers

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 cardiac death.

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 test result.

Cardioversion

A procedure performed using a low energy shock to restore the heart to a normal rhythm.

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