Answers to Common Electrophysiology Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about electrophysiology.

What is an electrophysiologist?

Premier Health’s Dr. Kevin Kravitz explains what an electrophysiologist is. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

As Dr. Bruce Wickoff, president of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) explains, the heart has two functions:

      To pump blood
      To remember to pump blood

Pumping blood is a mechanical issue that involves the heart muscle and vessels. The mechanical function of the heart is what most cardiologists deal with. Remembering to pump blood, though, is an electrical issue. The heart has an electrical system that sends impulses to make the muscle contract. When there are issues with the electrical signals in the heart, the result is an arrhythmia—an irregular heart rhythm. These issues are what electrophysiologists deal with.

Electrophysiologists may use many of the same tests and treatments as other cardiologists. However, electrophysiologists may also conduct specialized tests called electrophysiology studies (EPS), which also allow them to perform procedures like pacemaker placement, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion or catheter ablation to treat arrhythmias.

Learn more about how Premier Health electrophysiologists diagnose and treat heart rhythm disorders.

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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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