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To schedule an appointment with the electrophysiologist please call 540-931-9322.
is the study of the electrical properties of the heart. Electrophysiologists specialize in treating arrhythmias or abnormal heart rhythms. Arrhythmias are common — about 2.2 million Americans are living with irregular heartbeats. Arrhythmias can occur in a healthy heart and be of minimal consequence. They also may indicate a serious problem and lead to heart disease, stroke or sudden cardiac death.
How are Arrhythmias treated?
Arrhythmias may be treated with medication, cardioversion, or controlled electric shock, by pacemaker or most commonly, by ablation. Like many cardiac procedures, ablation no longer requires a full frontal chest opening. Rather, ablation is a non-invasive procedure that involves inserting catheters – narrow, flexible wires – into a blood vessel, often through a site in the groin or neck, and winding the wire up into the heart. During ablation, patients rarely report pain, more often describing what they feel as discomfort. Some watch much of the procedure on monitors and occasionally ask questions. Once the arrhythmia focus is found, energy is used to destroy that focus, ending the disturbance of electrical flow through the heart and restoring a healthy heart rhythm.
Patients are seen by appointment. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. To schedule an appointment with the electrophysiologist please call 540-931-9322.