Arrhythmia / Electrophysiology Services
Patients with heart rhythm problems need an electrical evaluation.
Heart rhythm abnormalities, or "arrhythmias," can result in the feeling of an irregular heartbeat ("palpitations"), rapid heartbeats ("tachycardia"), or more serious symptoms such as lightheadedness, fainting, weakness or chronic fatigue. Dr. Nicholas Tullo is a specialist in heart rhythm problems and can help find the cause and the solution to your problem.
Diagnosing an arrhythmia can be simple, often with a history, physical examination, and an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). However, arrhythmias can sometimes be fleeting, or they may come and go. That's when extended heart monitors or other testing may be necessary. Some arrhythmias can be treated with medications, but some may require a more definitive therapy such as a permanent pacemaker or perhaps catheter ablation.
Short-term (24-48 hour) and extended (1-4 week) wearable monitors are able to record abnormal heart rhythms that may be the cause of symptoms such as palpitations, lightheadedness, or fainting.
Inserting a tiny implantable heart monitor allows us to diagnose rhythm problems that may occur infrequently. The newest heart monitor is the size of a paperclip and the battery lasts for three years.
Patients with serious rhythm problems may need implantable cardiac rhythm devices like a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Dr. Tullo is an expert in prescribing and implanting these devices. After your implant, we have a full-service device follow-up program in our office.
EP Testing is done as Saint Barnabas Medical Center and involves inserting small wires into a vein to analyze the function of the heart's rhythm system. Some heart rhythm problems can be cured with a procedure known as Catheter Ablation.