The heart is one of the most vital organs in your body—you can’t survive without it, so it’s crucial to pay attention to it and get help when there might be a problem. Some conditions may be minor and easily treated, as irregular or rapid heartbeat issues often are. But they can also indicate a bigger problem. Chronic heartbeat issues can lead to stroke, heart failure, and dangerous blood clots. Luckily, many of these conditions are treatable with electrophysiology. Give us a call if you feel this might apply to you. Our expert New Orleans physicians can help.
How to detect irregular heart rhythms
Just listening to your heartbeat doesn’t always provide an accurate picture of what’s going on with your heart. At Touro’s Heart Care Center, our vascular team uses electrophysiology, a non-surgical diagnostic tool, to diagnose abnormal heartbeats or arrhythmia, and it doesn’t require more than 24 hours of downtime. Ask your doctor if this procedure would be right for you.
Electrophysiology studies (ESP)
Are tests that help our doctors to understand the nature of abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
What to do during and after the procedure
We know the procedure can sound a little frightening—it’s normal to feel a little nervous. The nurse will give you an anesthetic that will reduce any discomfort, and the sedatives will help you stay calm. The procedure works best when you’re totally relaxed, so try to stay calm and still, and let our nursing staff know right away if you experience extreme discomfort. After the procedure, you will need to limit activity for 24 hours and take it easy on yourself for at least a week. Don’t worry—we’ll provide you with plenty of guidance on how to care for yourself and when to call us if you feel you’re experiencing a problem.
What is electrical cardioversion?
Cardioversion is a procedure used to reset an abnormal heartbeat to a normal rhythm. This procedure is used when the heart is beating very fast or irregular. This is called an arrhythmia. Arrhythmias can cause problems such as fainting, stroke, heart attack, and even sudden cardiac death. With electrical cardioversion, a high-energy shock is sent to the heart to reset a normal rhythm. It’s different from chemical cardioversion, in which medicines are used to try to restore a normal rhythm.
How we diagnose and treat irregular heartbeats:
A pacemaker is a small electronic device that keeps your heart beating at the right pace. Inserting the pacemaker into your body is called implantation.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
Your ICD is a device that monitors the electrical signals in your heart. Most ICDs are well protected from interference with other electrical devices.
A painless way to record your heartbeat away from your healthcare provider’s office. It’s a small, battery-operated electrocardiogram (ECG) machine.
One of the simplest and fastest tests used to evaluate the heart. Electrodes (small, plastic patches that stick to the skin) are placed at certain spots on the chest, arms, and legs.
A procedure used to reset an abnormal heartbeat to a normal rhythm. This procedure is used when the heart is beating very fast or irregular.
A non-surgical procedure used to treat an abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia). An arrhythmia can make your heartbeat too fast or in an irregular pattern.