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ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY

The heart is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body, delivering nutrients and oxygen to our bodies’ organs and tissues. Unfortunately, the heart’s electrical system can be affected by diseases and conditions which can lead to an abnormal heart rhythm. These abnormal heart rhythms may be benign or they can lead to impairment in quality of life and can even be life-threatening.

While patients may be asymptomatic, heart rhythm disorders frequently cause one or more of the following symptoms :

  • Fatigue
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest discomfort
  • Palpitations- a sensation of a “skipped” beat, fluttering, or an elevated heart rate
  • Syncope (fainting)

Heart rhythm disorders include:

  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Heart Block
  • Premature contractions (PACs, PVCs)
  • Supraventricular tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson White Syndrome
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Atrial flutter
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Sudden cardiac death