Cardiac Electrophysiology

Chapter

Abstract

This chapter provides a review of cardiac myocyte electrophysiology, including the ­molecular mechanisms and tissue adaptations underlying the generation, propagation and control of electrical impulses in the heart. There is a brief review of key clinical subject areas such as the ECG and implantable pacemaker therapies. The pathological mechanisms behind arrhythmia are covered, along with a brief description of the catheter-based electrophysiological studies and therapies, which can be used to diagnose and treat cardiac rhythm disturbances.

Keywords

Ion channels Electrophysiology Pacemaker Electrocardiogram Autonomic nervous system Action potential Ablation Arrhythmia Automaticity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CardiologySheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustSheffieldUK

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