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Treatment for Arrhythmias & Heart Conditions

Cardiac electrophysiology is designed to detect, diagnose, and treat heart conditions involving the electrical activity of the human heart. Electrophysiology studies are tests to diagnose issues of the heart’s electrical system, called arrhythmias, which cause heart rhythm abnormalities. These arrhythmias cause the heart to beat erratically, usually either too slowly or too fast, which can create serious problems.While some arrhythmias cause no symptoms and are harmless, others can lead to a life-threatening cardiac emergency.

In healthy people, the heart muscle produces electrical impulses in a predictable pattern that causes the heart to contract and pump blood at a steady pace. If these electrical signals are disturbed, then the heart rhythm becomes irregular and heart functions are compromised. This can lead to sudden cardiac arrest, when the heart stops beating.

Our cardiac electrophysiologists in Bakersfield treat patients with the following conditions, among others:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Bradycardia (abnormally slow heart rhythm)
  • Tachycardia (abnormally fast heart rhythm) , including ventricular and supraventricular tachycardia
  • Ventricular fibrillation
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
  • Long QT syndrome
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome

What to Expect During a Study

During the procedure, you will lie on your back on an examination table. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where a catheter will be inserted, and you may be given a mild sedative to relax you, as well. Electrodes are placed on the chest to help monitor your heart rhythm, and a thin electrical wire will be inserted into a blood vessel nearby. This electrode is passed through the blood vessel and into the heart which sends electrical signals to your heart that make the heart beat at different speeds, so your doctor can listen for abnormalities.

The test takes about 2 to 4 hours to complete, sometimes longer, depending on what your cardiologist is looking for in the test. If no additional procedures are needed, you may be able to go home after about 6 hours. The results of the study will be reviewed with you once they are available, within a few days.

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