"As a Cardiac EP Technician (CEPT), What Do You Do?"
We are asked this question on a regular basis. It's ok - We love explaining what we do! People are completely fascinated by the specialized field of Cardiac Electrophysiology.
In the photo above, there are multiple screens which help the EP Team to track the arrhythmia & where it begins (think of it as GPS mapping of the heart). The electrical signals are tracked ...by electrodes (on the tips of catheters) to "map" where the irregular beats are coming from.
In the photo above, EP's (specialized cardiologists) & scrub techs at patient's side - monitor the same screens above, as well as X-ray, echocardiograms, hemodynamic monitoring, 12-lead ECG...they are in sterile field (operating room) while communicating with techs in the control room (via speakers or headphones).
The entire team works together to ensure NOTHING is missed. There is very little risk of complications because the EP Team is able to terminate lethal rhythms, (should they appear), very easily because the catheters, which are placed in the heart to sense the electrical activity - also have an ablation tip (to burn the tissue where irregular beats occur). Ablation is considered a potential first-line therapy in symptomatic patients with arrhythmias.
If you would like to know more about the profession of CEPT, Contact our program advisor Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org