Electrophysiology in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Have you ever had your heart beat fast or skip a beat? Many times this is normal and may be caused by stress or too much caffeine. But sometimes it may indicate a more serious problem.
The electrophysiologists within the Grand Strand Physicians medical group know how to properly diagnose and correct these arrhythmias so that you can go back to living a long, healthy life.
For more information or to talk with one of our electrophysiologists, you can schedule an appointment.
What is electrophysiology?
Electrophysiology is the study of the electrical system of the heart, which controls how often the heart beats. Sometimes abnormal electrical signals tell the heart to beat irregularly, which is called an arrhythmia. Some types of arrhythmias can cause symptoms such as:
- Chest pain or pressure
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Fainting or near-fainting spells
- Fatigue or weakness
- Rapid heartbeat or pounding in the chest
- Shortness of breath and anxiety
- Collapse and sudden cardiac arrest
An electrophysiology (EP) study tests the electrical activity in your heart. We use these tests to diagnose the type of arrhythmia you have and find the best treatment for it.
Treatment options for heart arrhythmias
Our cardiac care program features several options to treat an arrhythmia, which include:
Cardioversion consists of electric shocks given through electrodes attached to your chest. It's done during sedation so you don't feel anything. Electric cardioversion allows your doctor to see if the procedure has restored your heartbeat to a normal rhythm.
This procedure is used to treat atrial fibrillation, a type of arrhythmia. Our doctors will apply heat or cold to the area of the heart causing the arrhythmia, creating scar tissue. The scar tissue interferes with the abnormal electrical impulses that cause atrial fibrillation.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
An ICD is a battery-powered device that is placed under your skin. It monitors your heart rate, and if a dangerous abnormal heart rhythm is detected, the device delivers an electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat. In many cases, it can save lives.
A pacemaker is a small battery-powered device that's placed in your chest to keep your heart from beating too slowly. When it detects a slow rhythm, it sends a signal to your heart that makes it beat at a correct rhythm.