Specialists

When Should I See an Electrophysiologist?

When Should I See an Electrophysiologist?

When you learn you have a heart condition, it’s likely you assume you’ll need to visit a cardiologist. However, not all cardiologists specialize in treating every issue related to the heart.

If you have heart arrhythmias or another heart rhythm disorder like atrial fibrillation, you actually should be visiting an electrophysiologist. As both a Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, patients often ask me what the difference is between the two.

What is the Difference Between a Cardiologist and an Electrophysiologist?

What is the Difference Between a Cardiologist and an 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.