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Electrophysiology is the study of the electrical properties of biological organs, including the heart. The Division of Pediatric Cardiology provides a wide range of electrophysiology services. There are times when a slow heartbeat or fast heartbeat is not normal and your doctor may refer your child to a pediatric cardiologist for further investigation.
Usually, the heartbeat beats at regular intervals. The heart rate is the number of times the heart beats in one minute. The normal heart rate depends on one’s age as well as activity and environment. For example, exercise, fear, fever, and excitement will make the heart beat faster. During sleep, the heart rate is slower.
An irregular heart rate is called an arrhythmia and can occur at any age and during different times. The irregular rhythm may last a very short time or last much longer.
Often, your child does not feel the irregular rhythm and it is discovered unexpectedly during a routine physical examination. Your child’s doctor may suggest a consultation with a pediatric cardiologist if an arrhythmia is detected. There are several types of abnormal heart rhythms. It is important for the pediatric cardiologist to determine the type of arrhythmia so recommended treatment and follow-up plans are appropriate.
Our Division of Pediatric Cardiology also provides a timely and efficient referral service for more advanced electrophysiology studies such as pacemaker insertion and interrogation, invasive electrophysiology studies and ablations, and other more complicated procedures and studies.