Kishor Avasarala, MD
Oakland Magazine Best East Bay Doctors 2009-2010
Pediatric Cardiologist, Division of Cardiology
Director, Pediatric Electrophysiology
Residency:Karnatak Medical College, Pediatrics, Hubli, India
New York Medical College, Lincoln Medical Center, New York
Fellowships: Pediatric Cardiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida
Electrophysiology Cardiology, Cook Children's Medical Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Board Certification: Pediatrics, Cardiology
Language(s): English, Hindi
Kishor Avasarala, MD, is an expert in pediatric cardiology with a particular emphasis in electrophysiology. This subspecialty addresses the heart's electrical problems. Depending on the condition, medication or defibrillators may be used to adjust abnormal heart beats such as when the heart beats too slow or too fast. Dr. Avasarala can discuss any topic relating to pediatric cardiology, though he feels particularly comfortable discussing heart rhythm disorders such as tachyarrhythmia and bradyarrhythmia.
The most common type of “rapid heartbeat” condition in children is congenital and called supraventricular tachycardia. The onset of this type of tachycardia is usually sudden and cannot be predicted. The rate is generally between 220 and 240 beats per minute in a child, but may be as fast as 300 beats per minute in an infant.
Source: Pediatric Electrophysiology Society
Electrophysiology is the technique of recording electrical activity of the heart. It is the most accurate and reliable method for evaluating heart rhythms and helping physicians determine the best treatment options for their patients.
Bradyarrhythmia is a disturbance of the heart's rhythm resulting in a slow heart rate.
Tachyarrhythmia is an abnormally fast heart rate that can cause a variety of symptoms including shortness of breath and dizziness.
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