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.
An electrophysiology study (EPS) is a detailed study of the heart's electrical system and is done to investigate an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) .
Normal heart rhythm is restored using a defibrillator (electric cardioversion) or medications (pharmacologic cardioversion).
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.
This permanent therapy may be required if your heart has a problem conducting impulses from the upper to lower chambers.
This device automatically monitors your heart rhythm and delivers a shock to restore the heart to a normal rhythm when an abnormality is detected.
Allina Patient Education, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648; Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Electrophysiology Study (EPS), cvs-ahc-11798
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