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His bundle studies

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His bundle studies

(Science: cardiology) this test studies the electrical activity of the bundle of his.

The bundle of his is a group of electrical fibres in the heart that are responsible for transmitting the electrical impulses which generate a normal cardiac contraction. This test may be performed in cases of cardiac arrhythmias, to locate a specific area responsible for a conduction defect and to determine the need for cardiac pacemaker placement.

The test involves the passage of a an electrode tipped catheter into the heart. This catheter is usually threaded through a neck, arm or chest vein. Measurements of the his bundle can then be performed while standard ecg leads are placed on the arms and legs.

this test carries a small risk of bleeding, arrhythmias, embolism, heart attack and stroke. It is performed by a specially trained cardiologist.