What is an electrophysiology study and catheter ablation?

An electrophysiology study is a test to measure the electrical activity of the heart and to diagnose arrhythmia or abnormal heart rhythms. Catheter ablation is a procedure performed to treat some types of arrhythmia.

How is an electrophysiology study performed?

An electrophysiology (EPstudy is a test performed to assess your heart’s electrical system or activity and is used to diagnose abnormal heartbeats or arrhythmia. The test is performed by inserting catheters and then wire electrodes, which measure electrical activity, through blood vessels that enter the heart.

Is the electrophysiology study and catheter ablation procedure safe?

Yes, (EP) study and catheter ablation procedure are considered safe & can be performed safely on children and adults, with the youngest patients at 3 months old and the oldest at 97 years old. There are potential risks subjected to the procedure.

Will the procedures hurt?

You may feel minor discomfort during the EP and catheter ablation procedures from lying on our X-ray table, from the injection of the local anesthetic . To minimize discomfort, you may be given short-acting sedatives, depending on the type of procedure you receive and the type of arrhythmia you have. Ask your doctor about the medications you’ll receive.

Will the electrophysiology study and catheter ablation be performed at the same time?

Yes. We wouldn’t want to put you through two different procedures when it can all be done at one time.

How long will I be in the hospital?

You may return home the same day after the procedure or spend one night in the hospital and return home the next morning.

When can I resume my normal activities?

You can resume your normal daily activities – walking, bathing, showering and so on – as soon as you leave the hospital, unless you are instructed otherwise. Don’t strain or lift heavy objects for a few days, until the catheter-insertion sites can heal.