Northern Arizona residents now have access to local, fulltime heart rhythm disorder care at FMC

April 23, 2013

Northern Arizona residents no longer need to travel to receive specialized care for heart rhythm abnormalities. Flagstaff Medical Center and its cardiology practice, the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, recently added cardiac electrophysiology services to better serve its patients. Lynn Otto, M.D., electrophysiologist, is the only local, fulltime heart rhythm specialist in the region.

To support Dr. Otto, Flagstaff Medical Center recently opened a new electrophysiology (EP) cardiac lab. The state-of-the-art lab is the only one in Northern Arizona. The highly advanced equipment is designed to diagnose and treat complex heart rhythm disorders including abnormal rhythms of the upper part of the heart such as atrial fibrillation and supraventricular tachycardia; and potentially dangerous rhythms of the lower part of the heart such as ventricular tachycardia and cardiac arrest; and placement of automatic implantable cardio-defibrillators and pacemakers.

“Electrophysiology is one of the fastest growing fields in cardiovascular care and FMC and The Heart & Vascular Center are the only facilities in Northern Arizona to offer this progressive specialty on a full-time basis,” said Steve Lewis, M.D., FMC Chief Medical Officer. “We are honored to have Dr. Otto as part of our team of cardiovascular specialists. By expanding our services to include a heart rhythm specialist, we are continuing to ensure Northern Arizona residents have access to comprehensive, quality cardiovascular care close to home.”

As a board-certified cardiologist and electrophysiologist, Dr. Otto specializes in the electrical activities of the heart including diagnosing and treating irregular heart rhythms and implanting and managing heart devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. Before moving to Northern Arizona, she worked in cardiology outreach in Montana and Wyoming and as the medical director of the Heart Failure Disease Management Program in Billings, Mont.

Dr. Otto earned her medical degree from University of Utah Medical School and completed her internship in internal medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital. She completed a physician residency program in internal medicine at the University of Utah. To specialize in electrophysiology, Dr. Otto completed two additional years of fellowship training in cardiology and electrophysiology at the University of Colorado in 1998.

The Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona (HVCNA) is a cardiovascular physician practice offering services including general cardiology; rhythm abnormalities; the treatment of chronic heart and vascular conditions; and advanced surgical procedures including traditional and minimally invasive open heart surgery. HVCNA cardiovascular specialists include cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, an electrophysiologist, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, and specialty trained physician assistants, nurse practitioners and registered nurses. HVCNA is a partnership between Flagstaff Medical Center and Verde Valley Medical Center with offices located in Flagstaff, Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Sedona, Williams and Winslow. For more information, visit To make an appointment, call 928-773-2150.