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Electrophysiologists Diagnose and Treat Irregular Electrical Activity in the Heart

Electrophysiologists are heart doctors who study the electrical activity of your heart to find where an arrhythmia, or abnormal heartbeat, is occurring. These results can help you and the doctor decide whether you need medicine, a pacemaker, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator or ICD, a cardiac ablation procedure or surgery.

The heart’s electrical signals usually travel through the heart in a regular pattern. Heart attacks, aging, and high blood pressure can cause scarring of the heart, which may cause the heart to beat in an uneven pattern. Certain congenital heart defects also can increase risk for developing arrhythmia.

Electrophysiology Studies

During a test, doctors insert a thin tube called a catheter into a blood vessel that leads to your heart. A specialized electrode catheter designed for EP studies lets them send electrical signals to your heart and record its electrical activity.

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  • Cardiac Ablation
  • Catheterization
  • Implantable Cardio Defibrillator (ICD)
  • Pacemaker

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