What is the Difference Between a Cardiologist and an Electrophysiologist?

Difference Between Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist

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 like myself.

Some Treatments an Electrophysiology Cardiologist Might Provide

If you are someone with AFib, as you age, your cardiac health will change and most likely decline. 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, perform an ablation, or install a pacemaker or a defibrillator into your chest to regulate your heart rate again.

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.

While cardiovascular disease can occur virtually anywhere in your body, most commonly, people experience it in the heart, brain, legs, pelvis and arms. Are you feeling short of breath and also notice your heart skipping a beat? You could have undiagnosed atrial fibrillation.

As a cardiologist in Houston, I specialize in helping people with their heart conditions. If you wonder what’s going on in your chest, let’s talk! Join my Facebook page.

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