An electrophysiology (EP) study is a test that evaluates the electrical conduction system in the heart. The rapid advancements in EP technologies allow cardiologists to treat heart rhythm problems that until just recently were incurable.
A cardiologist inserts a small, plastic catheter (tube) through a vein in the groin (and sometimes via the neck or sub-clavian region) and places it in the heart to test the electrical activity of the heart.
This technology also allows Inova cardiologists to:
- Induce an arrhythmia safely
- Add intravenous medications
- Map the arrhythmia in preparation for ablation
The results of the study may be needed to help the physician determine further therapeutic measures, such as inserting a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator.
How to get an Electrophysiology (EP) study at Inova
Already have a physician's order?
See a list of doctors specializing in cardiac electrophysiology
Don't yet have a physician's order?
A cardiologist will evaluate if an EP study is necessary, and then order it for you. Find an Inova cardiologist