The heart is an amazing muscle. It pumps approximately 2,000 gallons of blood throughout the body and beats about 100,000 times each day. The heart is located in the center of the chest but, because the bottom of the heart tips to the left, more of the heartbeat is felt on the left. Normally, electricity flows through the heart and produces the familiar thump-bump pattern that can be heard through a stethoscope. But if an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, is detected, an electrophysiology study may be recommended to determine the cause of the abnormal rhythm.
Electrophysiology Studies (EP)
Electrophysiology tests are commonly performed to identify the area in the heart that is causing an arrhythmia and to develop the best course of treatment. Information generated during the test also may be used to predict a future cardiac event, evaluate the effectiveness of certain medications to control the irregular heartbeat, or decide if an implantable defibrillator, pacemaker or catheter ablation procedure is necessary. If you are scheduled to undergo an electrophysiology (EP) study, click here and learn what to expect during an EP study.
Electrophysiology Lab at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
The Electrophysiology Lab provides comprehensive device (pacemakers, defibrillators, and cardiac resynchronization therapy) management including implantation, as well as analysis and reprogramming of these devices. The hospital also offers electrophysiology studies to help determine the cause of an abnormal heart rhythm, as well as advanced three dimensional mapping and ablation modalities which is designed to help locate the source of the abnormality and correct it.
Call For A Referral To An Electrophysiologist
For more information about electrophysiology testing, talk with your doctor, or call 1-800-887-2525 for a free referral to an electrophysiologist near you.