Electrophysiology and Atrial Fibrillation Treatment
Electrophysiologists Finding and Treating Arrhythmia Issues in North Carolina
At Wake Forest Baptist, our electrophysiologists are working hard to discover new and better treatments for patients with complex heart arrhythmia problems and other issues relating to heart failure. Our specialists in cardiac electrophysiology and our premier cardiothoracic surgeons work together in one of the few centers in the state providing atrial fibrillation treatments. [Print a map to the electrophysiology lab.]
Leaders in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Atrial Fibrillation Treatment
Our electrophysiologists give patients access to a wide variety of experts in cardiac electrophysiology and other therapies.
Patrick Whalen, MD, has been named the Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology. He joins us from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he built the center for atrial fibrillation (AF) and was instrumental in developing the hybrid procedure for AFib, which combines the tools for surgical and catheter ablation for patients with resistant atrial fibrillation. Electrophysiologist Dr. Whalen is also a national leader in lead extraction (the removal of a pacemaker device) and helped to develop a center for training in transvenous lead removal.
Elijah Beaty, MD, who was born and raised in Winston-Salem, joins us from Rush University Medical Center. He has specific interests in atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias in end stage heart failure. Electrophysiologist Dr. Beaty enjoys educating patients about their arrhythmias to encourage them to take an active role in their health care.
Tony W. Simmons, MD, has served as lead investigator for ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillators) therapy research and assisted in writing the national guidelines for ICD use and implantation.
Jason Rytlewski, MD, the newest member of the electrophysiology team, says he strives to treat each of his patients as if they were family members. He joins us from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and specializes in catheter ablation, cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers.
In addition, the Heart & Vascular Center's electrophysiologists are heavily involved with the latest research and clinical trials in cardiac electrophysiology including cutting-edge atrial fibrillation treatment. Our trials have determined that utilizing ICDs can help identify and define those types of patients who benefit from such treatment.
- Atrial Fibrillation Treatment
- Device Placement
Electrophysiology Treatments & Conditions
- Catheter Ablations
- EP Study
- Implantable Defibrillators
- MAZE Procedure
- Teletrace Transmitter
You may schedule an appointment with a Wake Forest Baptist Health electrophysiologist online.