Electrophysiology studies, or EPS, are used to diagnose the cause of an irregular heart beat. They can also be used to determine if your current treatment is successful or if you should receive a different kind of care, such as a pacemaker, cardiac ablation, or surgery, for an arrhythmia.
During EPS, you will receive a sedative via an IV that makes you feel relaxed but leaves you aware enough to answer questions during the procedure. The treatment area will be numbed with local anesthetic—your doctor may work through your groin, arm, or neck. When you are comfortable, your doctor will insert a series of catheters into a blood vessel and guide them to the heart, where small electrical pulses will be delivered. Your doctor will track how your heart reacts to determine where your arrhythmia is located. The procedure isn’t painful, though you may feel your heart racing.
EPS is just one tool we use in the Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point to provide you with the best care possible. Ask your doctor to refer you to one of our cardiologists or get more information by calling (888) 741-5119.