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Heart rhythm specialists: Why choose us? 

BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. We partner with arrhythmia specialists and Washington University School of Medicine that lead patient care and research to improve diagnosis and treatment. People come to us from across the St. Louis region and surrounding states for our expertise with heart rhythm disorders.

At our hospitals you’ll find: 

  • Advanced training: Our team includes specialists with fellowship training and board certifications in cardiology and electrophysiology.
  • Comprehensive care: Electrophysiologists (cardiologists who specialize in arrhythmias) work alongside experts in cardiology, heart surgery, interventional cardiology and other fields. You receive seamlessly coordinated care from one source. 
  • Pioneers in arrhythmia care: Our hospitals and physician partners are often the first to introduce new heart rhythm disorder treatments to the region. In fact, a Washington University School of Medicine surgeon developed the revolutionary Cox-Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation. 
  • Latest minimally invasive treatments: Missouri Baptist Medical Center was the first in the Midwest to offer a new arrhythmia treatment using advanced robotic technology. Robotic magnetic navigation is a safer, more precise alternative to traditional catheter ablation for complex, hard-to-reach heart rhythm problems. 
New Technology for Treating Cardiac Arrhythmias

Missouri Baptist Medical Center is the first hospital in the Midwest to offer a new advanced robotic technology to treat cardiac arrhythmias.

Learn about the technology
What is cardiac electrophysiology? 

Cardiac electrophysiology is heart care that focuses on the heart’s electrical system, which controls your heartbeat. A heart rhythm disorder means your heart is beating too fast, too slow or irregularly. Our electrophysiologists are cardiologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating arrhythmias. 

Heart rhythm disorders we treat

Our cardiac electrophysiologists treat all types of conditions affecting your heart’s electrical system. We have experience in arrhythmias caused by underlying heart conditions such as heart valve disease, adult congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathy. The conditions we treat include:

  • Atrial fibrillation
    Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, means your heart rate is irregular and too fast. It can lead to a stroke, blood clots and other problems.
  • Bradycardia
    Bradycardia is a heart rhythm disorder where your heart beats too slowly (fewer than 60 beats per minute). It may cause fatigue or shortness of breath.
  • Brugada Syndrome
    Brugada syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes an irregular heartbeat. It's a dangerous condition that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Long QT syndrome
    Long QT syndrome is a heart rhythm disorder that affects your heart's electrical system. Your heart takes too long to recharge between beats.
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
    Sudden cardiac arrest is a life-threatening condition where your heart suddenly stops beating. It's a medical emergency.
  • Tachycardia
    Tachycardia is a heart rhythm disorder where your heart beats too fast (more than 100 beats per minute). It may cause fainting or palpitations.
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW)
    WPW syndrome is a congenital heart rhythm disorder, meaning it's present at birth. It causes a fast heart rate.
Cardiac electrophysiology treatments offered

Our diagnostic tests and procedures are minimally invasive. We insert catheters (thin, flexible tubes) into veins in your arm, neck or leg and guided the catheters to your heart. Sensors in the catheters help us locate where you have abnormal electrical impulses. 

Our electrophysiologists specialize in all the latest procedures for diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders. You can often receive diagnosis and treatment for a heart rhythm disorder with the same procedure. 

  • Catheter ablation
    An electrophysiologist makes small scars on your heart tissue. The scars prevent abnormal electrical impulses.
  • Electrical cardioversion
    We deliver a controlled electric shock to restore a regular heart rhythm.
  • Electrophysiology (EP) study
    This test uses a catheter with an electrode to measure your heart's electrical activity. We use an EP study to diagnose irregular heart rhythms.
  • Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
    We implant tiny devices in your chest to regulate your heart rhythm.
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