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 abnormally fast rhythm disturbance or to assess the potential for developing arrhythmias. If necessary, patients may also undergo one or a series of the following tests 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 Institute, 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.
Visit Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institute for all of your heart and vascular testing needs. We partner with many highly reputable healthcare providers to bring you only the best non-invasive treatments in Ohio. Our vascular medicine physicians, led by board-certified physician Dr. Sukir Sinnathamby, specialize in providing accurate diagnoses and state-of-the-art treatments for disorders of the veins, arteries, and lymphatic system outside of the heart.
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
Before the Study is Preformed
Before we can begin, we will make sure you are comfortable and relaxed. You will be required to not have eaten or drank anything (other than water) at least 8 hours before the study. We will insert an intravenous (IV) line to administer medications if needed.
During your Electrophysiology Study
During an EP study, your doctor will use catheters and IV lines to examine the electrical activity in your heart. Our task is to find any heart rhythm abnormalities. Patients may also receive medication or a shock to stop the heart rhythm abnormality. During an EP study, you are closely monitored to minimize the risk of any complications.
Since this is an invasive procedure, we will make sure you are comfortable throughout the entire process. 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 your Electrophysiology Study
After the EP study is completed, your physician can decide if further testing is needed or what type of treatment best suits your needs. Your results may indicate a need for a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. We will determine the next steps and only recommend the most relevant treatments. Schedule a comprehensive evaluation today.