Electrophysiology Study
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Commonly Asked Questions

Will my child be in pain during the test?
No, in general the children sleep though the test and if they are uncomfortable medication can be given during the test. Mild soreness of the sites may occur and usually needs nothing more than acetaminophen.

What if my child is awake?
Often, the children are awake and talk with the nurses and doctors. Reassurance and comfort is always given, and the child's needs are attended to.

Can I watch the electrophysiology test?
No. There is no place for the family to watch, and care is taken to prevent infection much like an operating room, so only doctors, nurses and technicians are in the room with the child.

How long will the test take?
Generally the test takes several hours and the child may be gone from the observation area (recovery area) for three to four hours. A member of the team will keep you informed of the progress.

When will I know what the test showed?
The cardiologist who performed the test will tell you whatever information is available. Sometimes the doctor sends tests out that may take a few days to get back. Parents may want to ask their child's doctor when to expect to hear from them with the final results.

Will the x-rays harm my child?
No. The smallest amount possible is used and no harm should come to children who are given this test.

Will my child need a blood transfusion?
No. The blood loss is usually less than one tablespoon and does not need to be replaced.