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cardiac electrophysiology

overview

The Cardiac Electrophysiology Division of Aurora Health Care is a specialty program where we diagnose, manage and treat abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias) and other conditions related to the heart’s electrical system. We are located within Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, and many other hospitals.

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. 

symptoms

Problems with the heart’s electrical system can cause a variety of symptoms, ranging from minor palpitations, dizziness and lightheadedness to fainting (syncope), sudden cardiac arrest and death.

diagnosis

Often, symptoms of arrhythmias come and go, making them hard to identify and diagnose. Our experienced team uses sophisticated equipment to identify the precise cause of these conditions. Along with various types of outpatient monitoring and testing, our diagnostic tools include:

  • Electrophysiology studies
  • Tilt table testing
  • Catheter ablation, including pulmonary vein isolation
  • Device therapy
  • Drug therapy
  • Heart surgery
  • Intraoperative mapping. This is performed only during an already-scheduled open-heart surgery to locate an arrhythmia’s exact point of origin, usually found near a previously damaged area of the heart. Once the location is determined, the arrhythmia can be corrected during the surgery.

services & treatment

Today we’re able to cure many arrhythmias, improving your quality of life and helping eliminate the risk of sudden cardiac death. In cases where arrhythmias can’t be cured, we can attempt to manage them using medications, procedures or implanted devices.

meet our team

Electrophysiology has been around since the late 1960s. Masood Akhtar, MD established Aurora’s Electrophysiology Division in 1977, and is one of the world’s most respected electrophysiologists. Our Cardiac Electrophysiology Division is one of the oldest and most active programs in the United States, with 11 full-time electrophysiologists (cardiologists who’ve had an extra 1 to 2 years of training in electrophysiology). Our nurses and technologists receive on-site training. Our electrophysiologists not only treat patients, they also teach, conduct clinical research, publish and present at national and international conferences. Thanks to our research program, we can offer you access to the latest devices, drugs and therapies.

A board-certified electrophysiologist, Dr. Sra has been here 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, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Sra is 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 here 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, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

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 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.

Clinical assistant professor of medicine, board-certified electrophysiologist 

Clinical assistant professor of medicine, board-certified electrophysiologist 

Clinical associate professor of medicine, clinical professor of pediatrics and board-certified electrophysiologist

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.

Clinical assistant professor of medicine, board-certified electrophysiologist

Clinical assistant professor of medicine, board-certified electrophysiologist

contact us

Aurora Cardiac Electrophysiology Division
Aurora Cardiovascular Services, Aurora Medical Group
2801 W Kinnickinnic River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53215-3669

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