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Cardiac Electrophysiology at Franciscan

Heart rhythm care for you

Electrophysiology is a specialized branch of medicine involving the study of the electrical activity of the body’s cells and tissues. It is used extensively to diagnose and treat electrical problems of the heart.

Franciscan Heart & Vascular Associates, cardiology experts throughout the South Puget Sound region, treat a variety of heart rhythm issues. Additionally, we have a highly trained heart rhythm physician who treats patients with complex arrhythmias.

The simplest and fastest method of checking your heart’s electrical activity is an electrocardiogram, which involves having electrodes placed on your chest, arms and legs while you are at rest. An electrocardiogram may also be performed during exercise, in which case it is called a stress test. A Holter monitor is a portable device worn on the body that records your heart rate and rhythm over the course of 24 hours. This gives your cardiologist a comprehensive record of your heart rate during the course of a normal day.

Your cardiologist may also perform a type of ultrasound procedure called a stress echocardiography test to determine whether there are problems with the blood flow to your heart.

You may undergo an electrophysiology study (also known as an intracardiac electrophysiology study, or EPS) if you have signs of arrhythmias (an abnormal heart rate or rhythm). The test can locate the source of an electrical problem in the heart and may even help your cardiologist assess its cause and best treatment. An EPS study generally is performed before a pacemaker is implanted to regulate the heartbeat.

For more information on the electrophysiological procedures and treatments Franciscan provides, or to request a consultation and medical evaluation with a Franciscan cardiologist, call 253-627-1244.