Our cardiology practice provides expertise, research and training for treating all heart conditions, including electrophysiology. We are staffed by a multidisciplinary team of board-certified cardiologists, including electrophysiologists, or E.Ps. Electrophysiologists care for patients whose hearts have irregular electrical activity, making the heart less effective at pumping blood to the rest of the body.
When a patient experiencing heart arrhythmia arrives in our practice, our specialists take a thorough medical history and order all cardiac testing required to determine a diagnosis. These diagnostic tests could include: an ultrasound of the heart, called an echocardiogram, an electrocardiogram (EKG), and an at-home monitor called a Holter monitor.
Our board-certified electrophysiologists constantly work in tandem with our interventional and non-invasive cardiologists to ensure every patient receives thorough testing and the most effective treatment.
Some of the cardiac testing we provide includes:
3-D EP mapping is a procedure where the electrical pathways of the heart are mapped to search for the "short circuit" that is causing an irregular heart rhythm. State-of-the-art, three dimensional imaging technology is used instead of the standard use of x-rays.
Echocardiography is an ultrasound test that uses sound waves to take pictures of the heart. Sticky patches called electrodes are put on the patient's chest to monitor your heart rhythm. The heart is imaged by an ultrasound transducer, which is held against the chest in different positions. These images allow the doctor to see the heart in motion to analyze the size, shape, and how it is working.
Electrophysiology study (EP study) records the electrical activity of the heart. The study is used to determine the cause of an abnormal heart rhythm, locate the origin of an abnormal heart rhythm or arrhythmia; and assist in determining the best treatment for an abnormal heart rhythm. This test may be done to check how a pacemaker is working or where one should be implanted, what might be causing abnormal heart rhythms, how effective certain drugs are, or if more tests are needed.
Holter monitoring is a technique used to continuously record (24-48 hours) of heart activity to detect changes in the heart's rhythm. Sticky patches called electrodes are placed on the patient's chest and connected to a portable monitor worn while regular activities are continued (eating, sleeping, working, etc.) Patients keep a diary of activities while wearing the monitor. The monitor helps to detect an arrhythmia – a heart beating too fast, too slow, or irregularly. The readings also can check whether treatments are working.
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