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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton Opens Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab
01/28/2011

Texas Health Denton EP lab
Officials at the ribbon cutting were (from left) Mike Pope, Denton Chamber of Commerce Ambassador; Melvin Willis, Texas Health Denton Board of Trustees; Gayle Strange; Larry Parker, Denton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Brad Hennagir, Texas Health Denton Heart Catheterization Lab manager; Stan Morton, Texas Health Denton president; Kathy Srokosz, Texas Health Denton director of nursing operations; Haris Naseem, M.D., Electrophysiologist on medical staff at Texas Health Denton; Jana Marshal, Denton Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.

DENTON, Texas — Texas Health Denton has opened a Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab, providing Denton and surrounding communities with a higher level of cardiac care close to home.

People with abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias, will now be able to access cardiac ablation treatments without traveling out of the Denton area. Other available treatments include pacemakers and implantable defibrillators.

“There were previously no electrophysiology diagnostic and treatment services available to residents in and around Denton,” said Haris Naseem, M.D., electrophysiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Denton.

Normal wear and tear or loss of function of the sinus node, the heart’s natural pacemaker, can usually be treated with a pacemaker. Implanting these safety devices is a common procedure.

When the sinus node doesn’t perform properly, other cells take over its function, causing a faster or slower heart rate. There are a variety of treatment options available ranging from medications to tracking down actual pathways that are causing the problems. Once the pathway is mapped in an electrophysiology study — performed by a highly-trained cardiologist called an electrophysiologist — this rhythm can be ablated, or interrupted. Ablation options include a radiofrequency signal or cold/cryoablation.

EP lab at Texas Health Denton
Other available treatments include pacemakers and implantable defibrillators.

“All types of electrophysiology studies and ablations will be performed here,” Naseem said. “For many patients, these procedures can provide a permanent cure for arrhythmias without the need to continue taking prescribed medications.”

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), radiofrequency ablation has become the preferred method to treat tachycardia arrhythmias, which occurs when the heart beats too fast (more than 100 times per minute). During a radiofrequency ablation procedure, a physician guides a catheter into a vein through the groin and threads it to the heart. The catheter contains a small electrode, and when physicians identify the pathway that is causing the heartbeat irregularity, radiofrequency waves are used to destroy the abnormal pathway.

Cryoablation, a process of using extreme cold to freeze selected cells, may also be used for specific patients experiencing atrial fibrillation — a rapid, chaotic heart rhythm.

Success rates for cardiac ablation are high, above 90 percent, according to the AHA. And, because the procedure is minimally invasive, patients often return to normal activities within a few days.

EP lab at Texas Health Denton
Treatments are monitored on these screens.

The field of electrophysiology provides advanced options for the diagnosis and treatment of rhythm disorders. If you are having symptoms, palpitations, dizziness or loss of consciousness, seek a medical diagnosis and treatment immediately.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 1,000 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center and an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals.

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