Holy shit, modern medicine is amazing! A little over a week ago, doctors at BIDMC fixed my heart... without cracking open my chest. The only side effect- some serious bruising on my thighs where they slid some wires into the two branches of the femoral vein.
Almost a year later, but I just found this blog post that does a decent job of describing what it's like to have an EP Study. (Wish I'd gotten anesthesia. And the Valium. I got a sleeping pill after puking all day in my post-op room when they decided that I needed to be observed overnight.) I have to say that I did not think that the Cath Lab at BIDMC looked dingy at all. My only complaint - it was very cold.