Doctors in an operating room at Canberra Hospital

Electrophysiology is the study of electrical activity in the heart to identify the cause of abnormal rhythm.

30 May 2019

Canberrans suffering from cardiac rhythm disorder will now have access to a key service available to public patients at Canberra Hospital.

Electrophysiology is the study of electrical activity in the heart to identify the cause of abnormal rhythm. It helps patients and their doctors to decide whether such conditions should be treated using medication, a pacemaker, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator or via surgery such as cardiac ablation – all of which can now be managed in the ACT.

The electrophyisiology service at Canberra Hospital is being delivered by two respected cardiologists, Assoc Prof Rajeev Pathak and Dr Muayad Alasady, who both began their careers in Canberra before moving interstate for further research and training. They have now returned to Canberra to deliver this key service to ACT residents.

The expanded service means fewer public patients will need to travel interstate for vital treatment such as cardiac ablation, a procedure to correct abnormal heartbeats.

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