Ganiyu Oshodi, MD is a Board Certified Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist serving the Temecula, Murrieta and surrounding areas.

 

Electrophysiology is the study and treatment of heart rhythm abnormalities such as heart palpitations. Cardiac electrophysiologists specialize in the hearts electrical system and are specially trained to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms.

Dr. Oshodi is one of the top electrophysiologists in the Temecula/Murrieta area. If you are 40 or older and you have never had a cardiac risk assessment or EKG, now is a good time to make sure your heart is healthy. Call Heart and Vascular Wellness Center at (951) 696-0004 or Request an Appointment here. Our electrophysiology patients come to us from the Murrieta, Temecula, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Wildomar and surrounding areas.

Electrophysiology FAQ

What is an Electrophysiologist?

An electrophysiologist is a cardiovascular physician with special training in treating and managing heart rhythm problems.

What types of conditions do electrophysiologists treat?

Electrophysiologists are specialists in treating problems having to do with heart rhythm, such as if the heart beats too fast, or if the heart beats too slow, or if people experience fainting. Specific problems include conditions like atrial fibrillation, tachycardia, palpitations, ventricular, tachycardia, pacemakers, defibrillators, and ablations for abnormally fast heart rhythms.

What is the difference between a cardiologist and an electrophysiologist?

An electrophysiologist is a cardiologist who has one or two years of extra training and who specializes in treating cardiac rhythm problems. Whereas the cardiologist is trained to treat general heart problems. All electrophysiologists are cardiologists, but not all cardiologists are electrophysiologist.

Can anyone be seen by an electrophysiologist or do I need to be referred by my primary care physician?

There are many routes to an electrophysiologist office. Sometimes a patient will be referred by wheir primary care physician. Sometimes patients may see a cardiologist who is not an electrophysiologist and who will refer you to an electrophysiologist, and sometimes patients may have to seek an electrophysiologist out themselves and have a self-referral. If you already have a primary care physician, you can always ask to specifically see an electrophysiologist if you have a heart rhythm problem.

How does an electrophysiologist treat heart rhythm problems?

There are many tools and treatments available for electrophysiologists. Initially an electrophysiologist may prescribe medications, some of which are medicines that are highly specialized and are best prescribed and managed by an electrophysiologist. There are also procedures than an electrophysiologist may perform to treat heart rhythm problems. Some of the procedures include pacemakers, which are used to treat heart rhythms that are too slow. Defibrillators are used to prevent cardiac death from abnormal fast heart rhythm, such as ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation. The most common procedures performed electrophysiologists are called ablations, which are used to treat fast rhythms that come from certain parts of the heart by finding those abnormal tissues and cauterizing or freezing them so that they do not cause problems anymore.

What can I expect at my first appointment with an electrophysiologist?

During the first visit, we would usually take standard vital signs including blood pressure and heart rate. And I would sit down and speak with the patient to see what their symptoms are, and that could direct me to what kind of electrical or electrophysiological heart rhythm problems they are more likely to have, and then a physical examination and an electrocardiogram would help to point where the problem may be.

If I need a surgical procedure will I need general anesthesia?

For most electrophysiology procedures, which include devices such as pacemakers and ablations to treat abnormally fast heart rhythms. For most of these procedures, patients are sedated. Sometimes it is complete general anesthesia, and sometimes it is mild or moderate sedation depending on the condition of the patient and the condition being treated.

What is the success rate of ablation?

Ablations are done for different types of abnormal heart rhythms.  The success rate depends on the type of heart rhythm being treated for the most common types of heart rhythms, such as SVT, the most common types of those have a success rates in the 90 to 95% range.  For other types of heart rhythm problems, such as atrial fibrillation, a success rates can range anything from 60 to 80%.

What follow up, if any, will I need after an ablation?

It depends on the type of ablation and the type of condition being treated. Some conditions such as those that have a 95% to 98% cure rates such as WPW or SVT. Some of those conditions do not require multiple follow-ups when it has, once it has been established that the condition is cured, but for most conditions, some follow-up will be required. It really depends on what type of condition it is.

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