What is Electrophysiology?

More than excitement “electrifies” the heart. A complex system of electrical pulses controls how the heart beats and pumps blood through the body. When a problem arises with those electrical pulses, an electrophysiologist can help uncover the source of the issue – and make the repairs necessary to keep a patient’s heart pumping properly.

Having completed extensive fellowship training in heart rhythm disorders, an electrophysiologist is a cardiologist who possesses the unique expertise to diagnose and to help treat issues involving the heart’s electrical signals.

Certain conditions can cause the heart to beat too slowly, too quickly or irregularly – patterns known as arrhythmias. An electrophysiology study helps uncover where an arrhythmia is occurring and can guide a patient’s medical team to the best course of treatment.

While some electrical pulse issues are treatable with medication alone, others require minimally invasive treatments by an electrophysiologist. For some arrhythmias, the combined expertise of both an electrophysiologist and a cardiothoracic surgeon ensure the best outcome.

Hoag’s Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute uses a collaborative approach and employs some of the most advanced systems to map, visualize and treat arrhythmias – resulting in better, longer lasting outcomes.

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