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What should I expect before a electrophysiology (EP) study?

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You’ll lie on a bed and a nurse will start an intravenous (IV) line into your arm or hand. You'll be given a drug to make you sleepy.

The nurse will connect you to several monitors.

Your groin will be shaved and cleaned. Sterile drapes will cover you from your neck to your feet. A soft strap will go across your waist and arms to keep your hands from touching the sterile field.

A doctor will numb the skin in your groin, then he’ll put several catheters, or small tubes, into a vein. The catheters are threaded to your heart, where they’ll sense the electrical activity there.

SOURCE: The Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 02, 2019

SOURCE: The Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 02, 2019

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