Answers to Common Electrophysiology Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about electrophysiology.

What do electrophysiologists do that is different from other cardiologists?

Premier Health’s Dr. Mark Krebs distinguishes between the roles of cardiologists and electrophysiologists. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Dr. Bruce Wickoff, president of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) uses an analogy to help understand the difference between cardiologists and electrophysiologists. According to Dr. Wickoff, the heart has two basic functions:

      To pump blood throughout the body
      To remember to pump blood

Pumping blood is akin to a plumbing system—the heart muscle acts as the pump, pushing blood through a network of “piping” (i.e. arteries and veins). This plumbing system is controlled by an electrical system—the electrical impulses that synchronize the signals to parts of the heart to contract.

Most cardiologists focus on the mechanical function of the heart, so they study the health of the heart muscle and vascular system. Electrophysiologists, on the other hand, focus on the electrical system. They study and treat irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).

Talk to your health care provider to find out if your heart rhythm disorder requires the help of an electrophysiologist.

Learn more:

  • Do you need an electrophysiologist?
  • The clinical cardiac electrophysiologist
  • The cardiologist
  • 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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