Possible Complications of Electrophysiology Studies and Ablations

This is the tenth podcast in the What are Palpitations? series and we will be discussing the complications that can occur during or after EP studies. We begin the discussion with an explanation of the types of complications and their treatment. We will end by discussing special EP studies and ablations that may have higher rates of complications and lower success rates.

Chest Radiograph Appearance of Large Pericardial Effusion after Cardiac Perforation. (A) Immediately following the implantation of a pacemaker, the chest x-ray (CXR) shows a normal appearance of the cardiac silhouette. (B) At two weeks postoperative, the CXR (performed because the patient reported symptoms of chest pressure) shows an enlarged cardiac silhouette. The patient responded to pericardiocentesis with no lead repositioning. (Figure originally published by Williams and Stevenson 2012.)

Please check back with the Heart Rhythm Center for future podcasts:

  • Postoperative Care after an EP Study (and possible ablation)
  • Psychosocial Impact of Arrhythmias

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