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.
An electrophysiology study is a test where electrode wires are passed through a blood vessel and into your heart. This electrode can record or create electrical activity. This can help find any problems with the flow of electricity in your heart.
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An electrophysiology study is performed to:
- Find the cause of abnormally slow heart rhythms (bradycardias)
- Find the source of abnormally fast heart rhythms (tachycardias)
- Provoke and diagnose heart arrhythmias (irregular heart beats) that occur infrequently
- Reveal suspected arrhythmias
An electrophysiology study may also be used to assess:
Last reviewedMay 2013by Michael J. Fucci, DO; Brian Randall, MD
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