Penn Heart and Vascular

The Difference of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Program

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About one-third of Penn's arrhythmia patients have had procedures fail elsewhere.

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Learn more about why patients choose the Cardiac Arrhythmia Program at Penn for the most advanced care available:

Experience patients can rely on.

  • High-risk patients and those with the most difficult heart rhythm disorders are routinely referred to Penn.
  • Each year, Penn physicians implant more than 650 pacemakers and place more than 675 implantable defibrillators (ICDs). More than 4,000 electrophysiology procedures and 1,100 catheter ablation procedures are performed annually.

"Firsts" that open new options for patients.

  • For a quarter century, Penn Medicine electrophysiologists have pioneered new therapies for life-threatening heart rhythm disorders. Penn was the first heart center in the nation to implant a cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and to perform catheter ablation therapy.

Physicians with credentials that translate to the best in quality care.

  • Penn's electrophysiologists are board-certified and fellowship-trained in cardiac electrophysiology.
  • They provide consultation and training for other medical professionals around the world.
  • They are regularly acknowledged for their talent by both peers and consumers and have been recognized by Best Doctors in America, Philadelphia magazine's "Top Docs" and America's Top Doctors.

Unique capabilities and expertise.

  • The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is the only hospital in the Greater Philadelphia area that offers percutaneous epicardial ablation for ventricular tachycardia.
  • Dedicated procedure rooms are outfitted with the latest technology and equipment.

Hospital Highlights

The Cardiac Arrhythmia Program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)

  • HUP is one of the largest hospital-based electrophysiology programs in the country with the largest team in the region.
  • Five EP laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art imaging and mapping systems and technologies designed to enhance and improve the accuracy, safety and effectiveness of catheter ablation therapy and cardiac device implantation.
  • More than 60 percent of patients who come to HUP are referred by electrophysiologists from other institutions and 30 percent of patients undergoing ablation have had failed procedures elsewhere.
  • It is the only hospital in the Philadelphia area that offers percutaneous epicardial ablation for ventricular tachycardia.

The Cardiac Arrhythmia Program at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

  • Penn Presbyterian is a regional referral center for patients in southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • The center houses one of the few stereotaxis navigation systems in the region. This system enables more precise catheter placement and allows specialists to access areas of the heart that may have been hard to reach with other technologies or manual manipulation.
  • A patient-centered environment fosters strong bonds between the patient and physician.

The Cardiac Arrhythmia Program at Pennsylvania Hospital

  • Pennsylvania Hospital is a referral center for Pennsylvania and neighboring states for individuals who want the environment of a community hospital.
  • Board-certified and fellowship-trained electrophysiologists bring academic medicine into the community hospital setting.
  • Patients treated by the Pennsylvania Hospital team receive continuity of care not always found elsewhere. From the first appointment onward, patients are seen by the same physician, allowing patients to form a long-term relationship with a single provider.

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