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Tests and treatments

  • There are several options available to treat heart rhythm problems. First, patients must undergo testing to determine the type of arrhythmia. Then, a physician will guide a treatment plan based on symptoms, patient age and other factors.

    Tests

    Electrophysiology study (EPS)

    An electrophysiology study (EPS) is a detailed study of the heart's electrical system and is done to investigate an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) .

    Treatments

    Cardioversion

    Normal heart rhythm is restored using a defibrillator (electric cardioversion) or medications (pharmacologic cardioversion).

    Catheter Ablation

    A special catheter is used to deliver high-frequency energy to destroy a tiny portion of the problem heart tissue from the area of arrhythmia.

    Pacemaker

    This permanent therapy may be required if your heart has a problem conducting impulses from the upper to lower chambers.

    Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

    This device automatically monitors your heart rhythm and delivers a shock to restore the heart to a normal rhythm when an abnormality is detected.