Cardiac Electrophysiologist Questions Irregular Heartbeat

What's involved in an EP study?

I need to have an electrophysiology study because my doctor wants a full understanding of my heartbeat, which feels abnormal. How is this study usually performed?

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Intracardiac electrophysiology study (EPS) is a test to look at how well the heart's electrical signals are working. It is used to check for abnormal heartbeats or heart rhythms. Wire electrodes are placed in the heart to do this test. These electrodes measure electrical activity in the heart. The procedure is done in a hospital laboratory. The staff will include a cardiologist, technicians, and nurses. To have this study:

-Your groin and/or neck area will be cleaned and numbing medicine (anesthetic) will be applied to the skin.
-The cardiologist will then place several IVs (called sheaths) into the groin or neck area. Once these IVs are in place, wires or electrodes can be passed through the sheaths into your body.
-The doctor uses moving X-ray images to guide the catheter into the heart and place the electrodes in the right places.
-The electrodes pick up the heart's electrical signals.
-Electrical signals from the electrodes may be used to make the heart skip beats or produce an abnormal heart rhythm. This can help the doctor understand more about what is causing the abnormal heart rhythm or where in the heart it is starting.

You may also be given medicines that may also be used for the same purpose.