Heartbeats are the result of your hearts electrical system working with your heart muscle to move blood through your body. When your hearts electrical system is not working properly it can cause an abnormal heart rate or rhythm which is called an arrhythmia.
Cardiac electrophysiology is the diagnosis and treatment of those abnormal heart rate and rhythms. The most common type of arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) and is the result of the top portion or atria of you heart beating out of rhythm. An electrophysiology (EP) study is used to diagnosis the type and severity of arrhythmias.
Treatment options for abnormal rhythms
Treatment can involve many different therapies from medications, to devices to control your heart beat, to catheter based procedures called ablations. Genesis treatments and procedures for A-Fib include:
• Electrical Cardioversion for Fast Heart Rate (Fibrillation)
• Electrical Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib)
• Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib)
• Catheter Ablation for Fast Heart Rate (Bradycardia)
• Pacemaker for Bradycardia (slow heartbeat)
• Pacemaker for heart failure
• Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD)
• Cardiac device monitoring
Patients experiencing palpitations, fluttering or racing heartbeats may benefit from EP services. Arrhythmias can sometimes occur in a healthy heart and be of minimal consequence, but they can sometimes indicate a serious problem that can lead to heart disease, stroke or sudden death.