Answers to Common Electrophysiology Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about electrophysiology.

How do electrophysiologists treat abnormal heart rhythms?

Premier Health’s Dr. Kevin Kravitz discusses treatments for abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

There are a range of treatment options available to correct abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Medications are the least invasive treatment available. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), electrophysiology studies may be necessary to determine if medication is effective.

Electrophysiology studies (EPS) also present an opportunity for other arrhythmia treatments, including:

  • Pacemakers—a small generator and wires (leads) are implanted to take over for the sinoatrial (SA) node, the heart’s natural pacemaker, when the heart beats too quickly or too slowly.
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)—a small device connected to the heart by leads keeps track of heart rhythms. In the event of no rhythm or quivering (fibrillation), the device sends a shock to the heart to stimulate contraction.
  • Catheter ablation—during an EP study, electrical impulses or cold energy is sent to specific areas of the heart to kill the tissue causing the arrhythmia.

There are several types of arrhythmias and numerous possible causes. Electrophysiology studies are often the first step in diagnosing the irregular heart rhythm and determining the best treatment option.

For more information about treatments available for your heart rhythm disorder, please speak with your health care provider, or call (937) 499-7472.

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Source: Kevin Kravitz, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Mark E. Krebs, MD, Miami Valley Cardiologists; Abdul Wase, MD, The Premier Heart Associates

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