Electrophysiology is like a branch on the tree of cardiology –- a branch which deals specifically with heart rhythm disorders and the electric system of the heart. This is a highly specialized field of study within cardiology. (Because “Electrophysiologist” is quite a mouthful, it is commonly shortened to just “EP” or heart-rhythm specialist.) A cardiologist and an EP differ in degrees of specialization. All EPs are cardiologists who have gone through an extra year or two of training after completing their cardiologist fellowship. In 2010, there were 23,000 cardiologists in the United States, and approximately 1,238 of them were EPs – that’s a little over 5% of heart doctors who chose to specialize as EPs.
Your primary care doctor might recommend that you make an appointment with a cardiologist if you have symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, or dizziness. All of these can be early signs of a more serious heart condition like congestive heart failure. If the cardiologist’s test reveals a heart rhythm disorder like atrial fibrillation (AFib) or sick sinus syndrome, he/she may recommend seeing an EP Doctor for further testing and treatment. EPs can prescribe medication to control arrhythmias in the heart as well as perform procedures like cardiac ablation for the treatment of AF, and installation of pacemakers and ICDs.
Heart rhythm specialist Dr. Dilip Mathew is one of these highly specialized electrophysiologists and has a particular interest in cardiac ablation and other treatments for AFib. He completed his cardiology fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, and his EP fellowship at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Internal Medicine. He has been practicing Electrophysiology in the Tampa Bay area since 2004 and currently practices in Sarasota and Venice Florida. An expert on the subject, Dr. Mathew has been featured on many local and regional news outlets for his work with cardiac ablation.
If your primary care doctor or cardiologist recommends seeing an EP doctor in the Tampa Bay/Sarasota area, contact us today.
About Heart Rhythm Consultants, P.A.
The experienced electrophysiologists of Heart Rhythm Consultants, P.A. have been serving West Florida including Sarasota, Venice, Tampa, Port Charlotte, and Sun City Center for over 15 years. Our specialty cardiologists, or EP doctors, help patients manage their abnormal heart rhythm conditions, whether they suffer from arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (AFib), or other irregular heartbeats. Dr. Dilip J. Mathew, Dr. Antonio Moretta, and Dr. Rajesh Malik perform arrhythmia treatments like cardiac ablation, cryoablation, and implanting pacemakers or defibrillators. Dr. Mathew has performed nearly 5,000 complex cardiac ablations. View our office locations in Sarasota and Venice, Florida.