During an electrophysiological study, the causes of the cardiac arrhythmia and heart palpitations can be ascertained. Most types of palpitations can be healed by a catheter ablation, during which the origin(s) of the arrhythmia is removed using heat (radiofrequency ablation) or cold (cryoablation). This procedure uses the very latest mapping and ablation techniques. The operations last 1-3 hours.

Dr. Matula routinely carries out electrophysiological studies and catheter ablations during a short stay in the Nymphenburg Cardiac Catheterization Lab at the Dritter Orden Clinic. Dr. Matula founded the electrophysiology department at the Dritter Orden Clinic in early 1997. Since 2006 he has been head of the department alongside Prof. Korte and, since 2010, Prof. Mewis of the Munich Cardiovascular Center. Patients are able to meet with each of the three specialists, Dr. Matula, Prof. Korte and Prof. Mewis, during their respective special consultation sessions to have their cardiac arrhythmia assessed and to prepare for the electrophysiological study and catheter ablation.

The following types of cardiac arrhythmia and palpitations can be treated with ablation:

  • Premature ventricular contractions from the right or left ventricular outflow tract
  • Ventricular tachycardia from the right or left ventricular outflow tract
  • Supraventricular tachycardia
  • AV nodal reentrant tachycardia
  • WPW syndrome
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial flutters

Testing for cardiac arrhythmia