If you have an irregular heartbeat, you may need to see more than just your cardiologist.
Cardiac electrophysiology focuses on your heart’s timing or electrical system. In a healthy heart, the upper and lower chambers work together, alternately contracting and relaxing to pump blood. If the rhythm is thrown off and you may experience an irregular heartbeat. One of the most common is Atrial fibrillation, also called AFib or AF.
Signs and symptoms can include shortness of breath, fatigue, and dizziness. It usually isn't life-threatening, but can ultimately lead to heart failure or stroke. For some people, medications may be ineffective. Catheter ablation offers the possibility of more definitive treatment of the arrhythmia.
Using real-time X-ray guided imaging; a catheter is directed into the area of the heart that is responsible for triggering or starting AFib. Radiofrequency energy is transmitted and cauterizes the heart muscle that causes the abnormal electrical activity. Specialized equipment graphically displays the ablation on a 3D mapping system, which allows physicians to fully visualize the procedure.