Having studied Cardiac Electrophysiology,
Dr. Bahu has been trained
to study and treat rhythm disorders of the heart using diagnostic tests to assess the “electrical system” of the heart, including conditions such as arrhythmias. Dr. Bahu performs studies that may be invasive (intracardiac) or non-invasive to record the spontaneous electrical activity and any responses to programmed electrical stimulation. Dr. Bahu is also trained to implant pacemakers and defibrillators, and to provide follow up care to implant patients.
Cardiac electrophysiologists are highly specialized cardiologists who care for disorders concerning the electrical activities of the heart, focusing mainly on dysfunctional heart rhythms. These specialists treat conditions such as arrhythmias, heart palpitations, heart murmurs, cardiac dysrhythmia, tachycardia (fast heart rate), and bradycardia (slow heart rate), among other conditions concerning the heart’s electrical activities.
When diagnosing a patient, cardiac electrophysiologists may perform a wide range of diagnostic procedures. To check for abnormal heart rhythms, these specialists will likely perform an intracardiac electrophysiology study, or EPS. During an EPS, the specialist will place electrodes in the patient’s heart, allowing the physician to measure the electrical activity of the heart and muscle cells. During this test, the physician may transmit certain electrical signals to intentionally produce an irregular heart rhythm; this may allow the physician to deduce the origin of the patient’s condition. Other tests that may be performed during an EPS include implantation of a pacemaker or catheter ablation.
In addition to an EPS test, a cardiac electrophysiologist may perform electrocardiograms (EKGs), cardiac catheterization or echocardiograms, among others. When treating patients who suffer from electrical disorders of the heart, Cardiac Electrophysiologists may: perform electrical cautery, perform electrical shock treatments to the heart, implant pacemakers or cardioverter-befibrillators, offer cardioversion, and prescribe antiarrhythmic and other drugs.
Having studied Cardiology,
Dr. Bahu has been trained
to provide specialized care for the heart and cardiovascular system in patients. Some of the conditions treated by Dr. Bahu may include high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, complications of diabetes, heart disease and defects, general chest pains, and other cardiovascular conditions.
Cardiology is a subspecialty of internal medicine encompassing the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases and disorders of the heart and cardiovascular system (also known as the circulatory system). Patients may visit a cardiologist directly, or may be referred to one by their primary care provider when they feel the patient may have a substantial heart condition that is beyond their scope of care.
Cardiologists are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of heart and cardiovascular conditions including congenital heart defects, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, heart disease, arrhythmias, high cholesterol, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and many other heart related conditions. To diagnose these conditions, cardiologists utilize a variety of diagnostic tests which may include: echocardiograms (echo), blood tests, cardiac catheterization, electrocardiograms (EKG or ECG) and cardiac stress testing, among other diagnostic procedures.
Some cardiologists may specialize further within the field of cardiology, providing care in one or more specific areas. These may include areas such as nuclear cardiology or interventional cardiology; additionally, some cardiologists specialize in treating a certain condition or demographic – such as congenital heart disease in adults.