Heart and Vascular Care

Electrophysiology

Arrhythmia or abnormal heart beats may be evaluated and diagnosed by a test called an Electrophysiology Study (EPS).


How Does Electricity Work In Your Heart?

The body naturally produces electricity that travels over the heart muscle and stimulates the heart to beat in order to pump blood to and from the other parts of the body. Electricity is also the mechanism that stimulates the heart muscle to contract. Sometimes certain conditions can cause the heart's electrical system to make the heart beat too slow, too fast, or irregularly. These arrhythmias or abnormal heart beats can occur in any of the four chambers of the heart. Electrophysiologic Studies help physicians identify where arrhythmias are occurring and what treatment option is recommended.


Treatment options are:

  • Ablation Therapy - This technique treats tachycardias (fast heart rhythms) and certain other irregularities, by allowing doctors to pinpoint the area of the heart causing the problems. Radio frequency energy is applied through a catheter, destroying (ablating) the arrhythmic tissue and treating the problem.
  • Pacemaker Insertion - A pacemaker is a small device placed under the skin of your chest that will help to regular your heart rhythm.
  • Implantation of Defibrillator - Once implanted, this device senses when an electrical impulse problem is about to occur and generates a shock to restore the heart's normal rhythm.