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Symptoms & Monitoring

There are a variety of reasons that patients may be referred to see an Electrophysiologist.  Very commonly, they are referred from cardiologists for management and treatment of previously diagnosed conditions.  However, often, the patient will be referred to evaluate symptoms.  Common symptoms that we see patients for are palpitations (the sensation of a racing heart), dizziness or fainting.

The first step in helping patients is to diagnose the problem.  Over the past several years, technology has come a long way in helping us do just that. 

Using EKG’s (electrocardiograms) and different types of heart monitors, we can determine if an abnormal heart rhythm is contributing to the patient’s symptoms. 

Here’s a little bit about some of these options.  Be sure to ask your doctor what would be the right approach to help you.

EKG (Electrocardiogram)

A 10-sec real time recording of the electrical activity of your heart.


A 24-48 hour recording of the conduction system, looking particularly close at each individual beat.

Event Monitor

An extended recording of the patient’s cardiac conduction.  This is particularly aimed at looking to correlate symptoms with an abnormal heart rhythm.

Implantable Loop Recorder

For symptoms that are infrequent or just have not been able to be caught by other means, this is an approach that allows us to monitor patients 24/7 to hopefully capture those hard to find abnormal heart rhythms.  This is commonly prescribed for patients with fainting or stroke of undetermined etiology.

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