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2021-05-25

Is Cardiac Electrophysiology safe?

Is Cardiac Electrophysiology safe?

Catheter ablation is a procedure performed to treat some types of arrhythmia. Is the electrophysiology study and catheter ablation procedure safe? Yes, the electrophysiology (EP) study and catheter ablation procedure are considered safe.

Is an electrophysiologist a cardiologist?

Types of heart specialists All electrophysiologists (EPs) are cardiologists, but not all cardiologists are electrophysiologists. Cardiology can refer to general cardiology as well as to any of several subspecialties, including electrophysiology (EP).

What is the difference between electrophysiology and cardiology?

A cardiologist is a surgical specialty that focuses on all disorders of the heart through the use of surgery and other treatment options. An electrophysiologist (EP), on the other hand, treats heart arrhythmias or AFib caused by disruptions in the normal heart rhythm.

How long does it take to become a cardiac electrophysiologist?

The training required to become an electrophysiologist is lengthy and requires seven to eight years after medical school (in the U.S.), entailing three years of internal medicine residency, three years of clinical cardiology fellowship, and one to two (in most instances) years of clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

What is Cardiac Electrophysiology?

An electrophysiology (EP) study — also called invasive cardiac electrophysiology — is a series of tests that examine your heart’s electrical activity. The heart’s electrical system produces signals (impulses) that control the timing of your heartbeats.

What is an electrical problem with the heart?

Heart rhythm problems (heart arrhythmias) occur when the electrical impulses that coordinate your heartbeats don’t work properly, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly. Heart arrhythmias (uh-RITH-me-uhs) may feel like a fluttering or racing heart and may be harmless.

What is heart ablation and its symptoms?

Recovery from catheter ablation is usually fairly straightforward. In the days after the procedure, you may experience mild symptoms such as an achy chest and discomfort, or bruising in the area where the catheter was inserted. You might also notice skipped heartbeats or irregular heart rhythms.

Why would you see an electrophysiologist?

If your heartbeat is too slow (lower than 60 beats per minute) or too fast (more than 100 beats per minute) an electrophysiologist can help find the cause of your irregular heartbeat and recommend treatment. You also might be referred to an electrophysiologist if you are diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

When should you see a cardiac electrophysiologist?

Reasons to See an Electrophysiologist Are undergoing or being considered for cardiac ablation, a procedure that creates scar tissue in order to block erratic signals. Experience syncope, i.e., a sudden loss of consciousness. Have a risk of sudden cardiac death. Are undergoing heart surgery.

What is Pediatric Electrophysiology?

Pediatric electrophysiology is the branch of cardiology that deals with heart rhythm conditions in children. Electrophysiologists (EPs) work to treat your child’s heart’s electrical system. Our EP lab has specialized equipment that helps EPs diagnose and treat arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms).

How much does a cardiac electrophysiologist make?

As of May 11, 2021, the average annual pay for an Electrophysiology Cardiologist in California is $162,422 an year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $78.09 an hour.