Electrophysiology (EP) is the science of diagnosing and treating electrical activities of the heart, or heart rhythm disorders. Doctors specializing in EP treat irregular heartbeats that are the result of abnormal electrical impulses that cause the heart to beat too quickly, too slowly, or irregularly.
What is Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)?
Afib is when the heart’s two small upper chambers (atria) don’t beat the way they should. Instead of beating in a normal pattern, the atria beat irregularly and too fast. It is important for the heart to pump properly so the body gets the oxygen and food it needs.
How do you know if you have Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)?
Symptoms may include:
Heart sensations (or palpitations) that include irregular, thumping or pounding heartbeats
A feeling that the heart is racing
Chest discomfort or pain
Fainting or lightheadedness
Fatigue, shortness of breath, or weakness
The Goals of Treating Afib
Relieve Afib symptoms and improve a patient’s quality of life
Prevent blood clots to decrease the risk of stroke
Control the heart rate to allow the ventricles (lower heart chambers) enough time to fill with blood
Reset the heart rhythm to allow the atria (upper chambers of the heart) and ventricles to work together more efficiently
EP Procedures Performed at St. John’s Hospital Camarillo