Pediatric heart volumes and outcomes

What does this data mean?
In 2013, the Children’s staff performed a complete range of tests and treatments for problems of the heart’s electrical system.

What kinds of electrophysiology treatments does Children’s offer to patients?
  • Comprehensive Electrophysiology Study: An electrophysiology study is a test that evaluates the heart’s electrical system. It is usually used to determine the mechanism of a child’s heart rhythm abnormality.
  • Ablation (Radiofrequency and Cryoablation): If a heart rhythm abnormality is identified, an ablation can be performed to cure it.  Ablations are performed with either heating (radiofrequency) or cooling (cryo) energy.
  • Pacemaker/ICD/Loop recorder/Lead changes:
    • Pacemakers are used to treat children with heart rates that are too slow. 
    • An ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) is a special type of pacemaker that has the ability to deliver a shock that restores a dangerously fast heart rhythm to normal. 
    • Lead changes: Sometimes the leads that are used with ICDs are damaged and need to be replaced. 
    • A loop recorder is an implantable device that is used in some cases to help diagnose heart rhythm abnormalities.
  • Other EP: Other Electrophysiology procedures would include:
    • Tilt table tests (procedure to diagnose syncope)
    • Drug challenges (epinephrine, procainamide, and/or adenosine to test for various electrical issues of the heart)

How do we make sure we are providing high-quality care?

  • Our heart rhythm doctors (electrophysiologists) are the only invasive pediatric electrophysiologists in Georgia.
  • We offer the complete range of heart rhythm testing and treatment procedures.