Electrophysiology StudyAn 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.