An electrophysiology study (EPS) was done to check your heart’s electric activity. It is used to look for irregular heartbeats. Your doctor will discuss results from the test.
The area where the wire was inserted may be a little sore. It should feel better over the next few days. Self-care and medicine can help.
You may have swelling or a bruise where the wire was passed. This is normal and can last a few weeks.
Place an ice pack on the area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. This will ease swelling and pain. Put a towel between the ice pack and your skin.
To help prevent infection:
Slowly return to normal activity. Also:
Your doctor will need to check on your progress. Be sure to go to all advised appointments.
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
Call for emergency medical help right away if you have signs of a heart attack:
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
American Heart Association
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
The College of Family Physicians of Canada
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Electrophysiology studies. Texas Heart Institute website. Available at: https://www.texasheart.org/heart-health/heart-information-center/topics/electrophysiology-studies. Accessed May 4, 2021.
Electrophysiology studies (EPS). American Heart Association website. Available at: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/arrhythmia/symptoms-diagnosis--monitoring-of-arrhythmia/electrophysiology-studies-eps. Accessed May 4, 2021.
Patient education: preparing the patient for cardiac catheter ablation. EBSCO Nursing Reference Center website. Available at: https://www.ebscohost.com/nursing/products/nursing-reference-center. Accessed May 4, 2021.
Warning signs of a heart attack. American Heart Association website. Available at: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-attack/warning-signs-of-a-heart-attack. Accessed May 4, 2021.
Last reviewed March 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Nicole S. Meregian, PA Last Updated: 8/10/2021