The Electrophysiology Division helps patients with diagnostic and electrophysiology services. At Staten Island University Hospital, we give compassionate care to adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients. When patients experience syncope or arrhythmias, accurate diagnosis and treatment are critical. Patients with those types of symptoms are referred to our Electrophysiology Division by their cardiologist or internist. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bekhelt by calling (718) 226-8758 or (718) 226-8759.
A patient seen in the Electrophysiology Division may be evaluated during an office visit. Next, the electrophysiology service may order tests such as electrocardiograms, echocardiograms (which are offered by the Cardiology Department), or a tilt table test that is offered by the Electrophysiology Division. Invasive testing may be recommended. This procedure or test is called an electrophysiology study, which may include such studies as "V-Stim" or "SVT" studies. The results of these tests are used by the electrophysiologist to guide the choice of treatment.
The patient's medical condition is used to determine which medical services and treatments would be most beneficial. Some patients may be managed with a pharmacological regime while others may require interventional procedures such as permanent pacemaker insertion and/or defibrillator insertion (ICD/PCD). These intervention procedures are completed by the Electrophysiologist periodically or as the need arises depending on the individual patient's condition.
Collaborative treatment between departments
Permanent pacemakers and ICDS (implanted defibrillators) are performed by the thoracic surgeons or a credentialed cardiac electrophysiologist in the Electrophysiology Division. Patients must be evaluated by a cardiologist prior to the scheduling of these procedures. These patients may be scheduled electively or as part of their inpatient treatment. Preprocedure preparation includes SMA 7, CBS, PT/PTT, Type & Screen and chest X-ray. The Electrophysiology Department has a waiting area for the families. After the procedure, the physician meets with the family members to receive information about the patient.
The Electrophysiology Division is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Emergency cases may be added at any time to accommodate the needs of the patients.