The Electrophysiology Laboratory at New York Methodist is equipped to provide a full range of cardiac care services. Electrophysiology is used to help diagnose and treat arrhythmias (abnormal heart beats). Cardiologists at NYM carefully evaluate each patient to determine whether this treatment is appropriate.
What is Arrhythmia?
An abnormal heart beat is called an arrhythmia, which means that the heart beats too slowly, too rapidly, or in an irregular pattern. There are many types of arrhythmias, which are identified according to where they occur in the heart and by what happens to the heart's rhythm when they occur.
Arrhythmias are classified based on the presence or absence of heart disease. In the absence of structural heart disease, all arrhythmias are benign (harmless) and do not have an impact on health or longevity. In other cases, however, arrhythmias can indicate the presence of heart disease, which is why a physician should evaluate them.
What are the Symptoms of Arrhythmia?
Individuals experience the symptoms of arrhythmia differently. Some who have this condition may not feel any symptoms, and their arrhythmia will go unnoticed until it is detected by a doctor during a routine examination. Others may experience only minor symptoms, while some are sensitive to the slightest sensation. Symptoms commonly reported include:
Palpitations (heart’s electrical system generates impulses that are felt as heartbeats)
Shortness of Breath
How is Arrhythmia Diagnosed and Treated?
NYM has a variety of tests for diagnosing whether a patient has an abnormal heart beat.
Diagnostic tests include:
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy includes:
To learn more about the services provided through the Electrophysiology Lab, please call 718.780.7830.