Cardiac Electrophysiology is a branch of cardiology focused on heart rhythm disorders like abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias) and other conditions related to the heart’s electrical system.
When cardiac electrophysiology symptoms arise, you need experienced specialists who can swiftly identify the underlying problem and prescribe the most effective, cutting-edge course of treatment available.
At Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center Cardiac Electrophysiology Division in Milwaukee, and at hospitals throughout Wisconsin, our cardiac electrophysiology specialists are making groundbreaking advancements in electrophysiology research, education and clinical care.
Your heart has a natural pacemaker that sends out electrical signals to the rest of the heart muscle. These signals force your heart’s four chambers to relax and contract in a regular rhythm that pushes blood and oxygen around your body. Without this flow of electrical impulses, your heart simply wouldn’t pump.
Problems with the heart’s electrical system can cause a variety of cardiac electrophysiology symptoms, or no symptoms at all. Some of the most common signs of a heart rhythm disorder include:
Cardiac electrophysiology symptoms often come and go, making them hard to identify and diagnose. Our experienced team uses sophisticated equipment to pinpoint the precise cause of these conditions.
Along with various types of outpatient monitoring and testing, we frequently diagnose cardiac electrophysiology symptoms with tilt table testing. This type of testing can detect problems with your heart’s electrical system.
Our diagnostic tools also include the latest cardiac electrophysiology research. This research is conducted at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center Cardiac Electrophysiology Division, one of the oldest and most active electrophysiology research programs in the United States.
Thanks to the latest innovations in cardiac electrophysiology technology and our team of experienced specialists, we’re frequently able to cure many cardiac electrophysiology symptoms including arrhythmias. By effectively treating your symptoms, we can significantly improve your quality of life and eliminate the risk of sudden cardiac death.
In cases where arrhythmias can’t be cured, our cardiac electrophysiology treatment plans include medications, procedures, and implanted devices to manage your symptoms both short and long-term.
These treatments and services include:
Our Cardiac Electrophysiology Division is one of the oldest and most active programs in the United States, with 11 full-time cardiac electrophysiology specialists.
Leading our team of specialists is Masood Akhtar, MD. Dr. Akhtar established Aurora’s Electrophysiology Division in 1977 and is one of the world’s most respected electrophysiologists.
Under Dr. Akhtar’s tutelage, our nurses and technologists receive on-site training in the latest cardiac electrophysiology treatment innovations. In addition to treating patients, our specialists teach, conduct clinical research, publish and present at national and international conferences.
Thanks to our world-renowned research program, we’re able to offer you access to the most cutting edge cardiac electrophysiology devices, drugs and therapies available today.
Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialists
Masood Akhtar, MD, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FHRS, MACP
A clinical professor of medicine and board-certified electrophysiologist, Dr. Akhtar is considered one of the world's preeminent electrophysiologists. In 1977, he came to what is now Aurora Sinai to develop the cardiac electrophysiology program. Dr. Akhtar also developed the electrophysiology laboratory at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center. He has been honored as a Pioneer in Cardiac Electrophysiology by the Heart Rhythm Society.
A board-certified electrophysiologist, Dr. Sra has been at Aurora since 1990. He performed his first atrial fibrillation ablation in 1999. In 1995 he was the first doctor in the U.S. to implant an atrial defibrillator. In 1999 he was appointed professor of medicine, Cardiovascular Disease Section, at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Dr. Sra serves as the Atrial Fibrillation Center Medical Director. He has been honored as a Fellow by the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society, and has been listed in The Best Doctors in America for a number of years.
Dr. Cooley has been an electrophysiologist at Aurora since 1999. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and cardiac electrophysiology. In 1999, he was appointed clinical assistant professor of medicine, Cardiovascular Disease Section at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
A board-certified electrophysiologist, Dr. Hani received advanced fellowship training in complex interventional EP procedures including atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia ablation. He has been honored as a Fellow by the Heart Rhythm Society.
Dr. Bhatia is a clinical assistant professor of medicine and a board-certified electrophysiologist.
Dr. Choudhuri is a clinical assistant professor of medicine and board-certified electrophysiologist.
Dr. Dhala is a clinical associate professor of medicine, a clinical professor of pediatrics, and board-certified electrophysiologist.
Dr. Mortada is a clinical assistant professor of medicine and a board-certified electrophysiologist.
Dr. Nangia is a clinical assistant professor of medicine and a board-certified electrophysiologist.