Meet our heart rhythm team
Dr. Charles Henrikson is the director of the electrophysiology program at OHSU. Dr. Henrikson performs the full range of EP procedures including laser lead extraction, epicardial access and ablation, and afib ablation. He has an active research program with over 70 peer-reviewed publications.
Heart rhythm treatment options
OHSU's heart rhythm experts work as a team to treat every kind of arrhythmia, palpitation and flutter including a-fib, tachycardia, complete heart block and Long QT Syndrome. Treatment options can include:
- Ablation (radiofrequency and epicardial) - a less invasive treatment that sends radiofrequency signals via a catheter to your heart to prevent the abnormal signals that cause arrhythmia.
- Pacemaker - a common solution to regulate an irregular heartbeat caused by a heart attack, age, or other factors.
- Defibrillator - if your heartbeat is irregular and abnormally fast, a defibrillator may be required to deliver a shock to the heart to slow the heartbeat to a normal rhythm.
- Miniature heart monitor - a tiny monitor implanted under the skin to help detect potentially fatal heart muscle misfires before they become deadly
- Laser lead extraction - technically challenging procedure to remove wires when a permanent pacemaker or implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) is removed or replaced.