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AFib & Arrhythmia Treatment

electrophysiology lab

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 Cardiovascular Care Locations

If you have been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) or suspect you have a problem with one, we're here to help you. 

UC San Diego Health's renowned electrophysiology program is dedicated to diagnosing, preventing and treating all types of cardiac arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Our board-certified electrophysiologists, under the leadership of Gregory Feld, MD, perform one of the largest volumes of device implantations, ablations and laser lead extractions in the nation. We offer advanced remote monitoring for devices and are experts in using minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Meet Our Electrophysiology Specialists

Why Choose Us?

U.S. News & World Report - UC San Diego Health Ranked Nationally in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

  • Our physicians have developed atrial fibrillation and flutter treatments used throughout the world.
  • We perform large numbers of pacemaker and ICD implantation procedures, in most cases with minimally invasive techniques and no or limited hospital stay.
  • The most advanced in the region, our two electrophysiology labs at La Jolla and Hillcrest are dedicated to diagnosing and treating abnormal heartbeats.  
  • We perform more pacemaker and ICD lead extractions than any other medical center in the region.

Do You Have an Irregular Heartbeat?

Cardiac arrhythmias are disruptions in the rate or rhythm of the heart's electrical system, which controls how the heart contracts and pumps blood. Most arrhythmias are harmless, but others can be serious or life-threatening.

Conditions we diagnose and manage include:

Treatment Options

Depending on the cause and severity, arrhythmias may be treated with medications, devices or surgery. We are experts in minimally invasive surgical techniques.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Electrophysiology Suites

Dr. Victor Pretorius gives an overview of the hybrid operating room, where he performs laser lead extractions.

Our electrophysiology laboratories at the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest are dedicated to diagnosing and treating arrhythmias. Procedures that do not require surgery, including diagnostic electrophysiology studies, catheter ablations (both endocardial and epicardial catheter ablation), pacemaker and defibrillator implantation, plus other procedures, are performed in the EP labs.

Hybrid Operating Room

Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center's operating room includes the latest imaging technology, cardiac electrophysiology mapping and ablation equipment, and all equipment needed for open-heart surgery. 

This allows two physicians — a cardiac electrophysiologist and a cardiothoracic surgeon — to perform surgeries together when appropriate, enhancing patients’ safety during these procedures (such as during concomitant epicardial and endocardial ablation, and laser lead extractions).