What is the Difference Between a Cardiologist and an Electrophysiologist?

Doctor AFib explains when you should go see an Electrophysiologist. I'll explain what an Electrophysiologist does and when a patient with atrial fibrillation or AFib should see one.

A cardiologist is a medical professional that studies and treats the heart. Within the cardiology profession, different heart doctors practice subspecialties of cardiology. For example, some cardiac subspecialists solely perform surgical procedures on the heart. Others specialize in diagnosing various heart conditions, such as coronary artery disease or heart murmurs. Still some cardiologists specialize in doing research about the heart. When people experience heart rhythm problems, it calls for a specialist who can perform certain treatments to restore the heart’s natural rhythm. An electrophysiologist, sometimes referred to as an “EP”, performs these procedures that help manage or correct irregular heart rhythms.

So, to recap, a cardiologist specializes in studying and treating the heart. A subspecialty in cardiology is an electrophysiologist, who is a cardiologist who is especially interested in helping people correct or manage irregular bio-electrical heart rhythms.

An Electrophysiologist Helps People With AFib

Nowadays, atrial fibrillation is the most common irregular heart rhythm problem people experience. All these people need solutions to effectively manage the electrical problem happening with their heart. For those with AFib, they need a heart rhythm specialist. As a heart rhythm specialist, I perform various different types of corrective treatments, and am an expert in the medications used to manage atrial fibrillation. That would be the reason why any patient with atrial fibrillation should see an electrophysiologist.

Some Treatments an Electrophysiology Cardiologist Might Provide

If you are someone with AFib, as you age, your cardiac health may change. This means your irregular heart rhythm issues such as atrial fibrillation will probably increase in severity as people age. If or when this happens, you need should see an electrophysiology cardiologist. This heart specialist can prescribe certain medications or perform an ablation.

The prescribed treatment(S) “EPs” provide, can help patients with AFib reduce the incidence of having a stroke. When your heart’s rate and rhythm are controlled, you start to feel better. As your heart rate specialist, I’m all about helping your heart be and feel it’s healthiest. I believe that’s what you want for yourself as well. After all you have a lot of life to live!

Like in any medical condition, the earlier you catch the problem, the more easily it is to treat. The earlier you seek expert consultation with an electrophysiologist, the more treatment options you will have available.