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Electrophysiology Study Dayton, OH

Electrophysiology Study An Overview

An electrophysiology study, or EP study, is performed to analyze the electrical or rhythm function of the heart. The heart’s rhythm function is what affects the heart rate and heartbeat. A physician may require an EP study to address an abnormal fast rhythm disturbance or to assess the potential for developing arrhythmias. If necessary, patients may also undergo one or a series of test to diagnose their heart rhythm disorder:

  • Event Monitor
  • Holter Monitor
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)

The results of an EP study will help your physician determine if further treatment is needed.

At Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institue, our electrophysiologist can perform EP studies to determine or locate the source of an abnormal heart rhythm. During an EP study, an electrophysiologist uses a specialized electrode catheter designed to send electrical signals to your heart and record its electrical activity. The results of an EP study can help your physician decide if medication, pacemaker, implantable defibrillator, cardiac ablation, or cardiac surgery is the right solution to treat your condition.

Electrophysiology Study What to Expect

Why are electrophysiology studies performed?

A physician may recommend an electrophysiology study  to:

  • Determine if symptoms like fainting, dizziness, and palpations are linked to a cardiac rhythm problem
  • Determine the appropriate route for a cardiac ablation
  • Determine if a prescribed anti-arrhythmia medication is working effectively
  • Determine the location of the abnormal heart rhythm

During an EP study, a doctor uses catheters and IV lines to examine the electrical activity in the heart and find any heart rhythm abnormalities. Patients may also receive medication or a shock to stop the heart rhythm abnormality. During an EP study, patients are closely monitored to minimize the risk of any complications. Vitals like the heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen level, and blood pressure are monitored throughout the procedure. An EP study may take a few hours to complete.

After the EP study is completed, your physician can decide if further testing is needed or what type of treatment best suits your needs.