Electrophysiology Patient Guide

The team of physicians in the Electrophysiology Program at the Smidt Heart Institute is dedicated to diagnosing and treating heart rhythm problems. The program specializes in implantable medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators, as well as medications and catheter-based ablation to treat heart arrhythmias.

The program's team evaluates cases individually, from the most common heart arrhythmia problem—atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeats)—to genetic cases. Each patient undergoes a detailed and extensive evaluation that includes an assessment of personal and family medical history, a physical examination, an electrocardiogram and ancillary testing such as stress tests, tilt-tests, an electrophysiology study, drug challenge tests and genetic testing.

To schedule an appointment, see the Contact Us page.

Additional information about the Electrophysiology Program and the services it provides:

Frequently Asked Questions

Arrhythmiaatrial fibrillation, atrial flutterbradycardia and Brugada syndrome are just a few of the conditions the Electrophysiology Program's healthcare providers diagnose and treat. Our electrophysiologists are experts in the treatment and long-term management of abnormal heart rhythm.

You need a physician referral to be admitted to Cedars-Sinai for inpatient medical care. Depending on your health insurance, you may need a referral from your primary care physician to see one of our cardiology specialists.

Yes. To get a second opinion from a Heart Institute physician about a heart disease diagnosis, call 310-248-6679.

Being prepared for an appointment allows you to make the most of the time you have with your doctor. Make a list of questions you want to ask during the appointment. Bring your health insurance card and a list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking.

Make sure your medical records have been transferred before your appointment. Information on billing, insurance and medical records is available in our Patients & Visitors section.

Experts at the Smidt Heart Institute are using their clinical experience and research knowledge to find new treatments, techniques and diagnostic procedures. Our ongoing clinical trials are open to all eligible participants, and patients are encouraged to pursue involvement. General information about participating in clinical trials at Cedars-Sinai can be found in our Patients & Visitors section.

To make an appointment with a Smidt Heart Institute physician, call us at 310-248-6679.

For information about reaching us from outside the United States, contact our International Health Services team.