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Electrophysiology 

Electrophysiology
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Electrophysiology
DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198832447.003.0013
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date: 15 May 2021

This short chapter is intended for cardiac nurses who require a brief introduction to the specialty of cardiac electrophysiology (EP). Further reading and case observation would be required to attain a firm understanding of the technical principles and applications of EP. Much can be learned about the patient’s cardiac rhythm from a resting 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) or ambulatory ECG; however, sometimes an EP study (EPS) is required to diagnose the origin and mechanism of an arrhythmia. EPS is used to guide ablation and device or drug treatment. Ablation is an established treatment for supraventricular tachycardias (SVT), and increasingly is used in atrial fibrillation andventricular tachycardia.

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