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Heart and Vascular

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Issue 4: Electrophysiology

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September is atrial fibrillation awareness month
AFib and your risk for stroke
How can an electrophysiologist help my heart?
 

How can an electrophysiologist help my heart?

A cardiac electrophysiologist (also called an EP) is a cardiologist who specializes in your heart’s electrical system. Your heart is an electrical pump that beats an incredible 22-million times each year! Each beat is controlled by electrical impulses.

Many kinds of heart disease are caused by abnormal electrical impulses; others affect your heart’s electrical system. EPs are specially trained to diagnose and treat these heart diseases using tests and procedures including:

• Electrophysiology study records the electrical activity and pathways of your heart

• Cardiac ablation destroys the heart tissue that causes your irregular heartbeats

• Pacemaker sends electrical impulses to your heart to stabilize its rate and rhythm

• Defibrillator shocks your heart back into rhythm when your heart needs it

To provide this level of expertise, an EP typically completes two years of training beyond their cardiology fellowship – for a total of eight years of training after medical school. In addition to their cardiology board certification, EPs also earn an additional board certification in electrophysiology.

Meet our ProMedica Physicians electrophysiologists