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At Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, you'll find sophisticated electrophysiology services available nowhere else in the region. We pioneered Wisconsin's most advanced treatments for irregular heartbeats, so you can restore your heart's rhythm as quickly, fully and safely as possible.

  • St. Francis is the first hospital in Wisconsin to offer Cardiac CryoAblation, a minimally-invasive catheter-based procedure that uses freezing rather than radio-frequency ablation or heat, to cure atrial fibrillation.
  • St. Francis is the first hospital in Wisconsin to receive full Atrial Fibrillation accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

Find a doctor who treats heart rhythm disorders.

What is Electrophysiology?

Cardiac electrophysiology is a branch of cardiac care that treats heart rhythm disorders (also known as arrhythmias) where your heart beats too slowly, too rapidly or irregularly. Symptoms can include:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue

If left untreated, heart arrhythmias can cause serious medical conditions, such as stroke, heart attack and even sudden death.

Our Approach

Leading-edge Technology Administered by Board Certified Specialists

At Wheaton, our board certified Electrophysiologists treat all types of heart rhythm disorders including the most common arrhythmia - Atrial Fibrillation. They have access to cutting-edge technology at each of our hospitals and participate in ongoing research trials which make therapies available that otherwise are not offered to the public.

Meet our Electrophysiologists >

Common Conditions

Heart rhythm disorders occur when your heart beats too slowly, too rapidly or irregularly. The most common types include:

  • Atrial Fibrillation - Fast and irregular heart rhythms, which can increase your risk of blood clots and heart failure.
  • Syncope - A temporary loss of consciousness (fainting) and muscle tone caused by inadequate blood supply to the brain.
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia - Rapid heart rate over a period of a few seconds.

Diagnostic Services

At Wheaton facilities, conveniently located throughout Southeast Wisconsin, you'll find a variety of diagnostic electrophysiology services. To learn more about each of these diagnostic services, choose one below.

Note: These tests require a physician referral.

Electrophysiology Treatments

Our comprehensive treatment capabilities make us the leading electrophysiology program in the region, and some of the most advanced technology to treat complex arrhythmia cases can only be found at Wheaton. These treatments include:

  • Arctic Front Cryoablation - Uses nitrous oxide to cool the heart tissue and cure atrial fibrillation. St. Francis is the only hospital in the region to offer this treatment.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation or Catheter Ablation - Guides a tube into your heart to destroy small areas of heart tissue that may be causing your abnormal heartbeat.
  • ICD Implant (Defibrillator) - A minimally-invasive procedure that uses an implantable cardioverter defibrillator to prevent cardiac arrest in high-risk individuals.
  • Pacemaker Insertion - A small battery-operated device that senses when your heart is beating irregularly. It sends a signal to your heart that makes your heart beat at the correct pace.
  • Implantable Loop Monitors - Monitors are implanted for up to three years for unexplained syncope (fainting) or other heart rhythm disorders.
  • Laser Lead Extraction - Removal of a lead from a pacemaker or ICD that is not functioning properly.

Radio Personality's Irregular Heartbeat Cured with Cryoablation

Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio personality Doug Dillman loves the sound of roaring engines, but racing hearts were a drag on him. Watch this video to learn how his irregular heartbeat was cured with Cryoablation, a gentler treatment for atrial fibrillation offered at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - St. Francis.

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