Electrophysiology (EP) study is a detailed evaluation of the electrical activity in your heart, using cardiac catheters and computers to create electrocardiogram (EKG) tracings and electrical measurements from inside your heart. During this test, an electrophysiologist reproduces an abnormal heart rhythm and gives medications to determine which one best controls the rhythm.

You may need an EP study:

• To determine the cause of an abnormal heart rhythm.

• To locate the site of origin of an abnormal heart rhythm.

• To decide the best treatment for an abnormal heart rhythm.

Please consult your cardiologist for more information about an EP study.

Venkata Bavikati, MD, an electrophysiologist, joined The Patrick Heart Institute of St. Francis in July 2012. His specialized skills include the evaluation of heart Venkata Bavikati, MDrhythm disorders (arrhythmias); pacemaker and defibrillator device implantations; lead extractions; and complex arrhythmia ablations.

Dr. Bavikati comes to St. Francis via the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., where he completed an internal medical residency and cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology fellowships, and a master’s degree in public health, having earned a merit scholarship. Dr. Bavikati’s practice at St. Francis is part of an exclusive agreement with Emory to provide electrophysiology (EP) services only at St. Francis.

Dr. Bavikati earned his bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degrees from the Tilak Municipal Medical College at the University of Mumbai in Mumbai, India, where he was a national merit scholar and earned distinctions in biochemistry, microbiology and physiology.

Dr. Bavikati is board-certified in cardiovascular diseases and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and board-certified in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. 

Dr. Bavikati has completed extensive research on several topics, including the effect of high output pacing on cardiac resynchronization therapy devices in heart failure patients; factors affecting the efficacy of the antiarrhythmic dofetilide; cardiac rehabilitation’s effect and lifestyle modification; the effectiveness of therapeutic lifestyle changes in treating pre-hypertension; among other topics. He has published numerous research manuscripts and presented at national conferences.