Not being able to follow directions during the procedure.
Not being able to lie flat.
Ongoing bleeding problems or infection.
What To Think About
An electrophysiology study can be scary. You may find it helpful to talk to your doctor ahead of time about your fears. If you are awake during the test, you can ask questions and let your doctor and others know how you're feeling.
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ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology