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Ask the Experts: What is Electrophysiology?

September 27, 2017

Q & A with Board-Certified Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist Dr. Nicolas Karam of Strafford Cardiology Associates:

Q: What is electrophysiology?

Dr. Nicolas Karam

A: The heart has its own electrical system – also called the conduction system – that regulates how rapidly the heart beats. Electrophysiology is an area of specialty within cardiology that concentrates on problems within the heart’s electrical system.

Q: Why would someone need to see an electrophysiologist?

A: People who develop problems in which their heart rate is beating abnormally slow, abnormally fast or in a very irregular manner can benefit from the services of an electrophysiologist.

Q: Why other types of services are available to patients?

A: We implant permanent pacemakers for people whose heart rates are too slow as well as implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) for people who are at risk for developing dangerously high, irregular heart rates. Additionally, we perform a procedure called an ablation, which can fix certain heart rate abnormalities.

Dr. Karam is in practice with board-certified cardiologists Dr. Michael Metzger and Dr. Sachin Saksena. For a complete list of services offered at Strafford Cardiology Associates, click here.

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