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Electrophysiology and Your Heart

 

Nisha Tung, MD is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist at Banner Desert Medical Center.

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ASK THE EXPERT: Electrophysiology and Your Heart Video - Full Transcription

Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:     Banner Health Presents:
             Ask the Expert
   
Text: Nisha Tung, MD
 Cardiac Electrophysiologist
 Banner Desert Medical Center

Image: Nisha Tung, MD, speaks on-camera throughout video.

Text: Tachycardia
   Fast Heart Rate

Audio:  “A Cardiac Electrophysiologist is basically a Cardiologist that has specialized further in Electrophysiology, which is the electrical wiring of the heart. Tachycardia is just basically a fast heart rate. So a patient that’s just complaining of palpitations, the medical terminology is tachycardia. Further medical terminology, if you want to super-specify, would be an arrhythmia.”

Text: Cardiac Arrhythmia
   Out of Normal Rhythm

Audio:   “Cardiac Arrhythmia - basically arrhythmia means ‘out of normal rhythm.’ It’s a bad rhythm in the heart. It could come from the upper chambers or the lower chambers of the heart. The arrhythmias that come from the upper chamber of the heart are called atrial. They’re normally benign – meaning not leading to death. But the ones that come from the lower chamber called ventricular, which are not benign all the time, then can lead to sudden death.”

Text: Cardiac Arrhythmia
   Medication or EP Study

Audio:  “And then depending on what kind of arrhythmia patients have, they get referred to me and then I take it from there. I treat them with either medication and, if medicines don’t help or if it’s a patient that does not want to be on medical therapy, then we can take them in for what is called an electrophysiology study, or an EP Study, where all I do is put catheters from the groin into the heart, find out the electrical abnormalities in the heart and the abnormal circuits that could be causing firing of abnormal arrhythmias, and then gather up then with what is called electrophysiology ablation or cauterization of the abnormal circuits.” 

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