Cardiac Electro-Physiologist


To become an Electro-Physiologist, a cardiologists must first finish four years of medical school, three years of training as a resident and then proceed to his or her preferred cardiology fellowship which takes two to three years depending on the kind of fellowship selected. Cardiac Electrophysiology takes an additional of one to two years to complete. This area deals with the study of the bio-electrical impulses of the heart responsible for controlling the rate of a person’s heartbeat. Malfunction of the electrical impulses causes an arrhythmia which, if left untreated, can be very serious and deadly.

It is also the responsibility of the Cardiac Electro-Physiologist to insert a pacemaker to correct the heart’s irregularities although today, there are a variety of cardiac procedures available as well as drug therapies that controls the complexities of arrhythmias.
It is the responsibility of the Cardiac Electro-Physiologist to measure the reaction or cardiomyopathic myocardium to PES on particular pharmacological treatments in order to evaluate the probability of success of the given therapy to avoid impending fatal sustained ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation in the future. Electro-Physiologist must oftentimes perform a series of EPS drug trials in order to identify the best treatment for long-term therapy. It is also the responsibility to perform such studies in the existence of a newly-implanted cardiac pacemaker.

In diagnostic testing, an electrophysiologist is expected to interpret holter and loop recording; tilt table testing; T-wave alternant testing; Signal-averaged electrocardiogram; as well as catheter ablation procedures; and pacemaker and defibrillator implantation.
This sub-discipline of cardiology and internal medicine is comparatively young with developments arising during the mid-1970s by Mark E. Josephson from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

An international society of basic and clinical scientists and doctors known as the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society is concerned with cardiac electrophysiology and arrhythmias. This society was founded during the 1940s by George Buch in Atlantic City holding meetings at the Haddon Hall. The multipolar nature of cardiac events and the importance of having multiple lead systems were discussed thoroughly during the 1950s which later on changed to Cardiac Physiology. Members are expected to meet at least once every year to discuss the latest in research developments presented by the leading experts in the area.
Gordon K. Moe is the featured speaker every year to lead the gathering. The group also offers career opportunities for all the applicants who are specifically-inclined to the study of cardiology, especially in the sub-discipline of electrophysiology.