Electrophysiological Defects
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Wolfe-Parkinson-White Syndrome
(ECG at 3 weeks)

Atrial Flutter
(ECG at 3 weeks)

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How Are They Treated?

Abnormalities of the heart's rhythm are treated in various ways. Medications may be used alone or in conjunction with other procedures to restore normal cardiac activity.

Electrical cardioversion is a procedure in which an electrical charge is introduced into the heart, "resetting" its rhythm and allowing the heart's normal timing mechanism to reassert itself.

An Ablation is a catheterization procedure in which a catheter enters the heart and directs energy at the parts of the heart that are interfering with normal function.

A Pacemaker may be used to enforce a healthy rhythm and rate to the heart's beating.

Surgical procedures may be used to physically sever the pathways in the heart's tissues that are causing the irregularities to occur.