An electrophysiology study is considered safe. The risks of this test are small.
The more common complications are not serious. They include bleeding or bruising where the catheters were put in.
Serious complications are rare. But they include extra bleeding after the test, puncture of the heart, and damage to the electrical system of the heart that requires a pacemaker.
Very serious complications, such as heart attack or stroke, are very rare.
This test is not usually done during pregnancy, because it involves X-rays. Radiation could damage the developing fetus.
Anytime you are exposed to radiation, including the low levels of X-ray used for this test, there is a chance of damage to cells or tissue. But the risk of this damage is usually very low compared to the possible benefits of the test.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference September 14, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology