LIMA — Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center recently opened an electrophysiology lab in its cardiac services wing to diagnose abnormal heartbeats.
The lab, located on the hospital’s second floor, will be used to perform X-rays and tests focused on the heart’s electrical system, relying on an electrophysiology imaging system to reduce radiation exposure.
Electrophysiology is a branch of cardiology focused on the heart’s electrical function, looking for abnormal heartbeats.
EP tests were previously performed in the hospital’s hybrid OR, which has seen an influx of patients undergoing the minimally invasive transaortic valve replacement procedure, an alternative to open heart surgery introduced to the hospital in 2018.
The electrophysiology lab saw its first patient on Jan. 29.