Sunday June 29th 2014

- Patients stories

Donald F. Seemann

ICD for Ventricular Fibrillation

    Syndicated Columnist Judy Foreman

    On undergoing Catheter Ablation.

    Former Vice-President Richard Cheney

Why former Vice President Richard Cheney has an ICD.

    Author Deborah Daw Heffernan

    Living with an ICD.

    Roger Blanchette

    Sudden Cardiac Death, a survivor's story.

    Lawrence Beckmen

After frightening episodes of fainting, Lawrence Beckmen's healthy and happy lifestyle was restored.

    Sebastian Hitzig

    Millions of patients have been helped by pacemakers and ICDs. No story is as remarkable as that of Sebastian Hitzig.


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Heart Failure
When to See a Specialist

An electrophysiologist (EP) is a cardiologist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Arrhythmias are disorders in which the heart beats too fast or too slow, or in a disorganized or irregular pattern. EPs are medical doctors who have completed specialty training in general cardiology, followed by two or more years of additional study and clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the electrical system of the heart.

Consultation with an electrophysiologist is recommended for individuals with heart failure who may be at increased risk for heart rhythm disorders and sudden cardiac death, including those who:

Have survived an episode of cardiac arrest Have an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) of unknown cause, or symptoms that cannot be controlled with medications
Have episodes of fainting (syncope) of unknown cause
Experience recurrent episodes of ventricular tachycardia - a too-fast heart beat that arises in the lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart
Have certain types of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) that cannot be controlled with medication. SVT is a rapid heart beat that arises in the upper chambers (atria) of the heart, or near the junction between the upper and lower chambers. The most common type of SVT is atrial fibrillation.
Have certain medical conditions that put them at high risk for ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac death, such as a prior heart attack.
Are candidates for treatments such as catheter ablation or implantation of a pacemaker, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), resynchronization device or hemodynamic monitor.

Your healthcare provider may refer you to an electrophysiologist for evaluation, or go to Find a Specialist to find a heart rhythm specialist in your area.


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