Electrophysiology (EP) Studies
About your test or treatment
A physician may recommend electrophysiology (EP) studies if you have symptoms suggesting heart rhythm difficulties. An EP study can help determine the nature of your heart rhythm problems and outline available treatment options to help.
What to expect during your test or treatment
- During the study, your heart rhythm and vitals signs will be closely monitored.
- A catheter - a narrow flexible tube - will be inserted into blood vessels in either the groin or the neck.
- The catheter will then moved through the blood vessels to the heart where it will record electrical activity in the heart.
- Once the catheter is inserted into the heart, the surgeon will conduct several tests and attempt to identify any problems with the heartbeat.
- The EP study typically takes one to four hours.
What to expect after your test or treatment
- EP studies are less invasive and pain is minimal.
- After conducting the EP study, your cardiologist may recommend further testing or treatment.
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This test or treatment is offered at these facilities: