Electrical signals in your heart make the heart muscles contract, pumping blood through your body. If the electrical signals are not flowing well through the heart, this can create serious problems, including heart disease, stroke or even death.

An electrophysiology study is a diagnostic test used to assess the heart’s electrical system and to locate the source of an abnormal heart rhythm (heart arrhythmia). EP studies are performed by specially trained cardiac electrophysiologists. During the test, electrode wires are passed through a blood vessel into your heart. The electrode can record or create electrical activity, enabling your physician to find any problems with the flow of electricity in your heart.

An EP study helps a physician diagnose a patient’s type of arrhythmia to determine the best treatment, which may include medications, a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or surgery.

Heart and vascular specialists

Every year, the cardiac electrophysiologists at Houston Heart perform multiple procedures to diagnose and treat rhythm disorders of the heart.

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