Service & Programs

Pediatric Electrophysiology Service

Physicians in the electrophysiology service at the Children’s Heart Center are experts in the diagnosis and treatment for all forms of abnormal heartbeats, or arrhythmias, in all age groups, from the fetus to the adult. Common types of arrhythmias include:

  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Long QT Syndrome

Symptoms that indicate a possible heart rhythm problem include:

  • Palpitations
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness & fainting
  • Trouble with exercise
  • Family history of sudden death

Our specialists do a wide variety of tests to help diagnose rhythm problems including:

  • Electrocardiograms (ECG’s)
  • Holter & event monitors
  • Stress tests
  • Tilt table test

Arrhythmias in need of evaluation and treatment may occur in children with normal hearts or in children with congenital heart defects. When patients require invasive electrical testing, they are treated in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. We performed 149 electrophysiology studies in 2009, which represents a very high volume of procedures for this very complex sub-specialty.

Often abnormal heart rhythms can be cured by radiofrequency or cryoablation procedures by our expert clinicians.

Electrophysiology team members include:

Mary Sokoloski, M.D.