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THE FIRST STEP IS TO SEE A CARDIOLOGIST – Irregular heart beats need to be DOCUMENTED by ElectroCardioGram (EKG). Standard ECG records the electrical activity of the heart, for a few seconds. It can detect the arrhythmia
occurring during that time only. If the episode occurs randomly or precipitated by a specific activity like exercise, one needs Holter or event monitor ECHOcardiogram
/ TMT (Treadmill exercise ECG) / LABORATORY work-up – may all be necessary for further assessment and assistance. If there are no clues and if the problem is still bothering to the extent of interfering with life style, you may need Electro Physiological Studies (EPS) > it resembles angio – a catheter is put inside the heart / electrical activity recorded / stimulation and suppression tests are carried out / suitable medicine tested and so on. Though the test is the gold standard, it is INVASIVE and is not generally done unless there are compelling indications. This super-speciality expert is called ELECTRO-PHYSIOLOGIST. The treating doctor may suggest them depending on need, based on his assessment of the situation.
The treating doctor may suggest them depending on need, based on his assessment of the situation.
The prognosis is generally good. Discuss with your doctor...
Wishing speedy recovery