There is a little-known field inside the cardiology that studies the electrical system of the heart. This specialty is called electrophysiology and it helps to detect and prevent conditions such as sudden death or tachycardias like Atrial Fibrillation, with something as simple as an EKG.
There are currently 5.1 Million patients in the US diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation. That number is supposed to grow by an additional 2 million people diagnosed with Afib by 2035. Currently, less than 10% of patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation are under-going catheter ablation (1) although it’s a definite solution to this condition. Having a cardiologist that also happens to be an electrophysiologist helps a lot in deciding whether you need a procedure like this one or not.
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