Cardiac care at Mather Hospital has expanded with the opening of our new Electrophysiology (EP) Lab. The EP Lab is used to assess and repair the heart’s electrical system and diagnose abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmia).
“The Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab is an exciting addition at Mather Hospital that will expand our ability to provide comprehensive cardiac care to all our patients,” said Rajat Goyal, MD, the EP Lab director. “The EP Lab will allow us to perform implants of all kinds, from common devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators to advanced technologies such as leadless pacemakers, subcutaneous defibrillators, and conduction system pacing. We will also treat common rapid arrhythmias such as supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and atrial flutter via a procedure called catheter ablation.
“The addition of EP services at Mather Hospital complements our top-notch Cardiac Consultation and Interventional Cardiology teams to provide the best cardiac care for our patients.”
The EP Lab is part of Mather’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab, which opened in May 2021. Nicole Hoefler, BSN, RN, CVN, nursing director for the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, said the EP Lab’s staff have been trained at Long Island Jewish and North Shore University Hospitals in addition to in-house electrophysiology education with Dr. Goyal. Theresa Nicosia, NP, an experienced electrophysiology nurse practitioner from North Shore University Hospital, also joined Mather’s staff, Hoefler said.
The Cardiac Cath Lab, as it is known, is a 24/7 program that performs procedures to visualize the heart’s arteries and chambers and treat any narrowing of blood vessels (stenosis) or other abnormality. If more advanced cardiac services are required, patients at Mather Hospital also have access to Northwell Health’s world-class cardiac care, including the nationally ranked heart program at South Shore University Hospital.