During an electrophysiology study (EP), your doctor may find an extra electrical path that developed. That extra path is causing your rapid heart rhythm. If this happens, your doctor may choose to do an ablation, to destroy abnormal tissue.
The catheter used for the EP study will be placed close to the abnormal electrical pathway. Radiofrequency energy passes through the catheter. The tip of the catheter destroys the small area of the heart tissue that contains the abnormal pathway. This stops the short circuit and therefore eliminates the irregular heartbeat.
For more specific, detailed information regarding this or any other cardiac procedure, please call the Cardiac Cath Lab at (608)775-2233 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 52233, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.