Electrophysiology Studies and Ablations

Dr. Alrich L. Gray // Central Montana Heart & Vascular Institute

Electrophysiology Studies and Ablations

Natural electrical impulses direct contractions of different muscles in your heart. This assists in appropriate blood flow. An electrophysiology study, often called an EP study, is a test used to evaluate your heart’s electrical system and to check for abnormal heart rhythms.

Cardiac ablation is a procedure that aims to correct heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias). This procedure uses radiofrequency or cryo energy to neutralize the tissue in your heart that is responsible for triggering an abnormal heart rhythm.

During the procedure, your doctor puts a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into a blood vessel in your groin or wrist and guides it to your heart. The catheter will then deliver energy in the form of heat or extreme cold to modify the tissues in your heart that cause an arrhythmia.

This procedure has a quick recovery time and a low risk of complications.