What is the difference between a cardiologist and electrophysiologist? A cardiologist is a surgical specialty that focuses on all disorders of the heart through the use of surgery and other treatment options. An electrophysiologist (EP), on the other hand, treats heart arrhythmias or AFib caused by disruptions in the normal heart rhythm.
Why would I be referred to an electrophysiologist? Your primary care doctor may refer you to a cardiac electrophysiologist if you have noticed irregular heartbeats, such as a fluttering sensation, a racing heart, or feel like your heart skipping a beat. Less obvious symptoms can include fatigue, dizziness, fainting, or unexplained sweating.
What procedures does an electrophysiologist do? An electrophysiology (EP) study is a test performed to assess your heart’s electrical system or activity and is used to diagnose abnormal heartbeats or arrhythmia. The test is performed by inserting catheters and then wire electrodes, which measure electrical activity, through blood vessels that enter the heart.
Who should see an electrophysiologist? If your heartbeat is too slow (less than 60 beats per minute), too fast (more than 100 beats per minute), or irregular, an electrophysiologist can help find the cause and recommend treatment. You also might be referred to an electrophysiologist if you receive a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation.