Dr. Su describes how electrophysiologists map out where abnormal heart rhythms originate.
So this is very interesting because that is actually the core of what electro physiology is about. I think the understanding for electro physiology has gained such a wide knowledge base in the past decade, it used to be that electro physiologists mainly work with just drugs, but now with the technology that we have, the competing powers we have, three-dimensional construction of abnormal rhythm, we can essentially go inside the heart and map out one extra beat that we were able to reproduce. Sometimes that’s all we get to work with and we can take that one beat, which our computer captured, and really localize it to one abnormal area.
Of course there are different type of rhythms. Some are abnormal circuits, some are abnormal points, irritable spots that we have to target. So sometimes we don’t know until we’re in the heart, and there are different maneuvers that we do to test out the abnormal circuit or abnormal point, and these are all maneuvers that a board-certified electro physiologist would really understand how to do.
Dr. Su, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Dr. Wilber Su is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Cardiac Electrophysiology, and is on staff at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Maricopa County Medical Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Banner Desert Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his undergraduate degree with honors in biomedical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), and attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He also trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. He is involved in ongoing studies on national trials to improve complex arrhythmia treatments and mentors electrophysiologists across the country on complex ablations and cardiac device implantation techniques. Dr. Su specializes in atrial fibrillation ablation, arrhythmia ablations, Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICD) among other heart conditions and procedures.
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