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Winchester Medical CenterEarns Cardiac Electrophysiology Accreditation

28 April 2017 News

The Valley Health Heart & Vascular Center at Winchester Medical Center has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Cardiac Electrophysiology. WMC’s Electrophysiology (EP) Lab is the first in Virginia, and one of only a handful in the U.S., to receive IAC accreditation.

The IAC released the new EP accreditation standards in February 2016, covering device implantation, chronic lead extraction, testing and ablation. (EP “devices” include pacemakers to regulate irregular heart rhythms and implantable cardiac defibrillators, or ICDs, which automatically deliver an electrical shock, if needed, to correct a dangerous rhythm.)

Cardiac electrophysiology involves specialized diagnostic testing and therapeutic procedures to relieve symptoms or regulate abnormal heart rate and rhythm issues. Each year, more than one million cardiac device and ablation procedures are performed for the treatment of heart rhythm disorders worldwide. Treating electrical issues of the heart not only improves an individual’s quality of life, it significantly reduces the risk of debilitating or deadly stroke and heart-related issues in the future.

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