EP Test

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If you have an abnormal heart rhythm, your cardiologist may ask you to undergo an electrophysiology (EP) test at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). This procedure aids your doctor in reproducing your heart rhythm problem so it can be effectively treated.

Abnormal heart rhythms may be treated by:

  • Ablation – destroying certain cells that are interfering with the way your heart beats
  • Implanting a pacemaker
  • Taking medications

An electrophysiology study enables your cardiologist to test different medications to see which ones work the best at reversing the abnormal rhythm.

Exceptional Care from Our Cardiac Specialists

Your electrophysiology study will take place in our Cardiac Catheterization Lab, where we perform more than 7,000 procedures each year. Our highly experienced specialists, including nurses and technicians, will care for you before, during, and after the procedure. You can expect a typical cardiac electrophysiology test to take between two to four hours.

After the test is finished, you will wake up under the care of our specially trained nurses. You will receive written instructions for follow-up care.