Electrophysiology (EP) is a subspecialty of cardiology and is the science of elucidating, diagnosing, and treating the electrical activities of the heart. It involves measurements of voltage change or electric current within the patient’s heart and treatments of conditions such as Atrial Fibrillation. Since this discipline was first developed over three decades ago, EP has grown to become an important procedure in heart care for the study and treatment of patients with rhythm disorders of the heart. Citrus Cardiology has taken the lead in this field by establishing the Citrus Cardiology Center for Heart Rhythm Management staffed with doctors who are trained and experienced in electrophysiology.
An EP Study is an accurate method for assessing the heart’s electrical system. This study is most often used in people who have experienced heart rhythm symptoms such as light-headedness, fainting spells, or a rapid heartbeat. It allows the doctor to locate abnormal sites inside the heart that may be causing abnormal heart rhythms. During the study, the doctor inserts special electrode catheters (long, flexible wires) into the heart to sense electrical activities. The EP Study provides more accurate and detailed information than other diagnostic tests. It helps your doctor’s diagnosis and to choose the most effective treatment for you.
If you have been told you have Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) and are looking for treatment options go to our Citrus Cardiology Center for Heart Rhythm Management page for more information on treatment options.
You can find further information here: The American Heart Association Website