When the cardiac system falters, the consequences can range from minor disruptions in heart rhythm to severe conditions that affect your overall health and quality of life. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, our specialized electrophysiology services can help reveal the underlying causes of heart rhythm disorders, and we're equipped to restore your heart's rhythm and health effectively. Keep reading below to learn how electrophysiology can help you receive quality cardiac care.

The Science Behind Electrophysiology

Electrophysiology is a branch of cardiology focused on diagnosing and treating the electrical activities of the heart. Every heartbeat you feel is driven by an intricate system of electrical signals, and understanding these signals is important for managing heart health. The heart's electrical system controls the heartbeat’s rate and rhythm. When everything is functioning correctly, your heart beats in a consistent and regular pattern. However, when anomalies occur, it can lead to symptoms like palpitations, fatigue, or even severe heart disease. Cardiac electrophysiologists use advanced technologies to map the heart's electrical activity, identify irregularities, and determine the best course of treatment. This detailed mapping helps in pinpointing specific areas within the heart that propagate incorrect electrical signals, thus guiding effective interventions.

What to Expect

For those diagnosed with a heart rhythm disorder, an electrophysiological study or EPS may be recommended. This diagnostic test is deeper and more detailed than an EKG. It involves threading thin wire electrodes through the veins to the heart to directly measure electrical activity from within. The procedure usually takes place in a specialized EP lab under local anesthesia, with the entire process monitored closely by our skilled electrophysiologists. The goal of an EPS is to provoke arrhythmia in a controlled environment to diagnose its origin. Once triggered, the specialist can observe the abnormal signals and map the heart's electrical pathways. Patients usually worry about feeling the arrhythmia during the test, but sedation and care are prioritized to ensure comfort throughout the procedure. Understanding what to expect and the detailed nature of the study can ease any anxiety associated with the procedure.

How Electrophysiology Helps in Diagnosing Heart Conditions

Electrophysiology seeks to uncover the root cause of arrhythmias. This facet of cardiology is critical because identifying the precise type of arrhythmia can influence treatment options. Conditions like atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, and other types of fast or irregular heart rhythms are more accurately diagnosed with an EPS. This precision in diagnosis is vital. For instance, atrial fibrillation, the most common type of serious arrhythmia, can increase the risk of stroke or heart failure if not properly managed. Through electrophysiological studies, our specialists can provide diagnoses that are accurate and actionable.


Innovative Treatments in Electrophysiology

The field of electrophysiology has seen remarkable advancements in treatment options. These innovations include catheter ablation, where problematic areas of the heart tissue that cause irregular rhythms are destroyed using radiofrequency energy. This treatment is highly effective, minimally invasive, and can result in a significant reduction in the occurrence of arrhythmias. Another cutting-edge treatment is the use of implantable devices like pacemakers and defibrillators. These devices help manage heart rhythm disorders by correcting irregular heartbeats. The choice of treatment is guided by the complexity and type of arrhythmia, overall health, and specific needs of the patient.

Are You Interested in Learning More About Electrophysiology?

At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we aim to empower our patients with understanding and control over their health by providing care that leads to better health outcomes and improved life quality. Are you ready to find out more information? Contact us today to discuss how our electrophysiology services can help you.

Review of Exceptional Healthcare Services

Jose Mendoza

My experience with the Capitol Cardiology Associates office was outstanding. From the time I initially talked to Dr Shetty on the phone to the moment I checked out. I had a very pleasant encounter with the front desk personnel. The staff is kind, gentle and informative. Pamela was very efficient, skilled and smart.  Took time to explain the procedure and broke it down in easy terms. I recommend this group with no reservations to whoever needs a cardiologist.

Bobbie Shockley

Even the office was excited busy, the staff remains super courteous and respectful. Dr. Shetty and his students were kind and efficient. Check out is a breeze. Those with disabilities were treated with great respect. I feel well cared for here at Capitol  Cardiology.

Isatu Sesay

Dr Raj Shetty. I wanted to thank you so so much, my blood pressure is normal now praise God.All because of you, my physician cannot get it in control then he Reffered me to you. I thank God and you because it’s all in control now. May God continue to bless your hand , you are so patient.

Jeanette McQueen

I had an excellent experience at Capitol Cardiology Associates. From the moment I walked into the suite everyone was friendly and courteous. When I was taken in the back the Medical Assistant was very professional and made me feel comfortable. My Cardiologist, Dr. Venugopal, had an excellent bedside manner and reassured me that all was okay. The checkout receptionist was very helpful as well. She made sure I had all the documents I needed and provided a copy to my primary care physician. Well done guys!??

Kuron Rice

On my first visit to Capitol Cardiology Associates, the staff were punctual, professional & friendly.  I enjoyed every aspect of the visit. The lady who checks you in has high energy & is very fun. My nurse was very nice as well. But my doctor, Dr. Foushee was attentive to symptoms & asked lots of question to find out the problem & it's source. For top notch service visit Capitol Cardiology Associates!!!

Bonnie Moreland

Everyone that I had contact with in the office were so pleasant. I feel Claire, PA listened to me about my concerns. She assured me that tests will be done and we'll figure out what's going on and that I'll be feeling better soon.

James Churchill

This was my first visit to a specialist, Dr. Venugopal. While the appointment took time to get, I was greeted promptly, the staff treated me well both coming in and leaving and the doctor is one of the finest I've encountered. Not only was he informative, his professional demeanor was complemented by a a humor that matched my own, a talent not always found in potentially serious situations. I would highly recommend!

J D McCall

Dr. Forrester is very professional, competent, thorough and caring. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable & attentive.The staff are very kind, professional & attentive as well. Overall excellent place to go.

Yvonne Martinez Vega

I have had positive experience with the staff of Capital Cardiology. They are courteous, professional and efficient. Dr. Clarence Findley is fabulous. He takes his time explaining , asking questions etc. Not something one sees now a days.

Rhonda McNair

I really was sick not knowing just how sick. My PC referred me to Dr. Clarence Fendly with only three visits two office and one hospital I am great. I thank God for him. He explained everything to me where I could understand,  but he's gone now, and I am going to miss him. I feel sorry for all on this side of the earth that never had the opportunity to get his help. Where ever he's moved on to someone will be blessed. Thanks Dr. Fendley. Rhonda McNair