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Electrophysiologists are doctors who specialize in treating cardiac problems involving electrical activity and arrhythmia.

Why do you need to see them?

Arrhythmias are electrical abnormalities that can occur in the setting of heart disease but may also occur in otherwise completely normal hearts. They can affect patients of all ages. You may have heart rhythm abnormalities (also known as arrhythmias), where heartbeat sequences are too fast or slow—or a heartbeat that is otherwise irregular. Your heartbeats may be travelling through the heart on an abnormal pathway, and you may be experiencing symptoms like weakness or fainting.

What do they do?

Electrophysiologists work to diagnose and treat arrhythmias. In order to do so, they may provide tests such as electrocardiography or wearable monitors. These work to record heart rhythm and help diagnose the condition.

Additionally, electrophysiologists provide treatments ranging from lifestyle changes to medications to cardiac ablation. Cardiac ablation is a procedure that deliberately creates scar tissue in order to eliminate electrical short circuits and even out erratic rhythms. In some cases, electrophysiologists also implant artificial pacemakers and cardiac defibrillators. These devices could be life-saving for patients.

What else should you know?

With the recent advancements in technology, there has been a greater concern for the amount of radiation exposure patients endure during fluoroscopy. Electrophysiologists at Yale Medicine are now using cutting-edge ultrasound and 3-D mapping technology to help minimize the amount of radiation exposure to patients. This helps to ensure that procedures are performed quickly and efficiently while also protecting the patient from harmful radiation.

Physician consultation is a good opportunity and you should be prepared for it.

  • Carry all necessary medical records for the discussion. It helps in better understanding your heart condition and avoids repetition of diagnostic tests.
  • Make sure you discuss your past medical history, surgical history, family history, and medications that you are taking.
  • Discuss about your lifestyle habits, dietary habits and also about your profession. Your lifestyle and nature of job may be associated with the risk for cardiac diseases.
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