The Electrophysiology Lab, or EP Lab for short, is designed to treat patients who suffer from heart arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation, with a treatment called ablation. This is a procedure in which an energy source like heat is guided to the inside of the heart using catheters. The heat is used to ablate or destroy the heart cells triggering irregular electrical impulses.
St. Mark’s Hospital is one of two sites in the valley using the Stereotaxis system for heart ablations. Stereotaxis is a technology that guides metal tipped catheters into the heart of patients with the aid of huge magnets controlled by Electrophysiologists. This technology allows for more precise movements, which reduces the chance of perforations, and also shortens the time both the physician and the patient are exposed to radiation.