Cardiac electrophysiologists at CIS monitor the electrical activity of the heart and treat patients who experience arrhythmia- an irregular heartbeat.
Electrophysiology refers to the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
Your heart rate is controlled by a natural electrical system that tells your heart when to beat. Electrical signals usually travel through the heart in a regular pattern. If that electrical system is not functioning properly, your heart rate can be too slow, too fast or simply uneven. This may be a consistent problem or it may occur occasionally. If your heart is beating at an improper or uneven rate, you may feel symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, fatigue, confusion or fainting spells. It is likely that these symptoms are more noticeable when you are physically active.
Electrophysiology studies test the electrical activity of your heart to find where an arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) is coming from. These results can help you and your doctor determine the best course of treatment. These studies take place in a special room called an electrophysiology (EP) lab or catheterization (cath) lab while you are mildly sedated.
Sometimes an irregular heart beat is controlled with medication. In other situations, a pacemaker or an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is implanted. These devices keep track of your heart rate and, if necessary, generates a signal that helps the heart to beat at the correct pace.