Every beat of your heart is triggered by an electrical impulse. This impulse normally starts in a group of cells within your heart’s right atrium (upper chamber), then travels through the rest of your heart in an organized fashion. A disruption anywhere along this electrical pathway causes an arrhythmia, or heart rhythm problem. An electrophysiology (EP) study is used to diagnose arrhythmias and guide treatment.
EP studies are often used when other types of testing haven’t revealed the cause of symptoms. They’re commonly used to:
At UR Medicine Heart & Vascular, EP studies are performed in our electrophysiology lab.
An electrophysiology study is considered a minimally invasive procedure. Even so, there are several risks that patients should be aware of including:
UR Medicine Heart & Vascular is a world leader in heart rhythm disorders. Doctors here led and participated in research that has changed the way heart rhythm disorders are treated globally. Our team performs more treatments for heart rhythm disorders than any other hospital in the area. In many cases, the treatments we provide are not available anywhere else in the Rochester region.
We have three fully equipped labs designed for EP studies, staffed by nurses and technicians who work exclusively on heart rhythm disorders. Our newest lab provides magnetic navigation for radiofrequency ablation, improving precision, safety and versatility.