Mayo Clinic's approach

At Mayo Clinic, experts in heart rhythm problems provide compassionate, whole-person care to people undergoing an EP study.

Photo shows a group of Mayo Clinic experts collaborating Collaborating to provide the best care

At Mayo Clinic, specialists work together to understand your condition and provide personalized treatment options.

A collaborative approach to care

An EP study is done by heart specialists (cardiologists) with special training in heart rhythm disorders (electrophysiologists). Mayo Clinic has one of the largest electrophysiology practices, with 30 specialists working in the Electrophysiology Laboratory.

Electrophysiologists work closely with other experts, including cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, in the Heart Rhythm Clinic to understand your heart condition and recommend the treatment options that will work best for you. This team approach helps ensure you receive exactly the care you need.

Doctors trained in treating children with heart conditions (pediatric cardiologists) work with a team of experts to care for children with arrhythmias at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

Photo shows Mayo Clinic experts in the electrophysiology lab Incorporating the latest technology to make an accurate diagnosis

Mayo Clinic experts have access to the most advanced systems for diagnosing and treating heart rhythm problems.

The most advanced diagnostic systems

Mayo Clinic doctors performing EP studies have the latest and most advanced technology available to understand your condition.

The experienced staff uses advanced mapping systems, including multielectrode mapping and 3-D heart mapping. If you're undergoing cardiac ablation, these technologies help your care team accurately determine where to apply the ablation in order to give the greatest chance for success. Mapping with imaging technologies such as an MRI and intracardiac echocardiography reduces your exposure to radiation.

For people with arrhythmia who will undergo cardiac ablation procedures, Mayo Clinic doctors use radiofrequency energy and cryoablation. Energy is applied using the latest innovations in treatment catheters and technology, including balloon catheters and robotic catheter ablation.

Expertise in all arrhythmias, including rare and difficult cases

Mayo Clinic doctors have used EP studies to diagnose and treat a variety of arrhythmia types, including types that are very rare and those that are difficult to treat.

Mayo Clinic experts specialize in treating:

  • Complex atrial arrhythmias
  • Complex ventricular arrhythmias
  • Cardiac ablation in people who have undergone the procedure previously
  • Ablation for adults and children with congenital heart disease
Photo shows Mayo Clinic expert advising a patient Compassionate and personalized care from experts

Your Mayo Clinic care team has extensive experience diagnosing and treating all types of arrhythmias.

Experience you can trust

Mayo Clinic heart specialists have extensive experience diagnosing and treating all types of heart arrhythmias, including very rare types.

Your Mayo Clinic care team is experienced in using cardiac ablation to treat arrhythmia and performs many procedures. Each year, about 1,500 people undergo cardiac ablation at Mayo Clinic.

Studies show there is a reduced risk of complications from cardiac ablation when the procedure is performed by an experienced electrophysiologist in a hospital that performs many procedures.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Treatment to Slow a Quick Heartbeat Returns Jim Davis to His Fast-Paced Life

    For 10 years, Jim Davis had a rapid heartbeat. He was otherwise healthy, though, so Jim wasn't particularly worried about it. He blamed the quick heart rate on his morning coffee. In time, however, the condition began to affect his daily life. Medication didn't seem to help. When Jim sought care at Mayo Clinic in [...]

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic electrophysiologists are recognized as experts in their field who have made important contributions to the understanding of arrhythmia diagnosis and treatment.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic campuses are nationally recognized for expertise in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery:

  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

With Mayo Clinic's emphasis on collaborative care, specialists at each of the campuses — Minnesota, Arizona and Florida — interact very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's expertise and rankings in cardiovascular diseases.

Experience

Mayo Clinic offers one of the largest groups of electrophysiologists trained in performing EP studies and related procedures, such as cardiac ablation. Each year, about 1,500 people undergo cardiac ablation at Mayo Clinic.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

For more information on visiting Mayo Clinic, choose your location below:

Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

March 27, 2018
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