An electrophysiology (EP) study is a test that records the electrical activity and the electrical pathways of your heart. This test is used to help determine the cause of your heart rhythm disturbance and the best treatment or device for you to treat your heart rhythm.
Each time your heart beats, it pushes blood and nutrients to all parts of the body. Heartbeats are controlled by electrical impulses that travel through the heart. In a normal heart, these electrical impulses occur in regular intervals. When something goes wrong with the heart's electrical system, the heart does not beat regularly. The irregular beating results in a rhythm disorder, or arrhythmia.
Millions of Americans have arrhythmias. Most are harmless, but some can be serious or even life threatening. When the heart rate is too fast, too slow or irregular, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body. Lack of blood flow can damage the brain, heart and other organs.
The most common arrhythmias include:
Arrhythmias occur when the electrical signals that control heartbeats are delayed or blocked or when extra electrical signals are produced by the heart. Arrhythmias may be the result of:
More serious symptoms:
Several methods are used to diagnose arrhythmias, including medical and family histories and a physical exam, as well as invasive and noninvasive diagnostic tests.
When an arrhythmia causes serious symptoms, such as dizziness, chest pain or fainting, treatment is strongly recommended. Treatments include:
To schedule an appointment with Senthil Thambidorai, M.D., board-certified electrophysiologist, call 245-4501.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.
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