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What can I expect at an electrophysiologist?
Generally, your first appointment with the electrophysiologist will involve an evaluation that takes into account your medical history, current complaints, and an examination of the injured area. On occasion, X-rays are required and can be taken the same day. In some cases, other tests will be recommended.
How serious is heart ablation surgery?
Heart ablation surgery is usually safe but like every procedure, there are some risks associated with it. Problems with heart ablation surgery include: The injury to the blood vessels as the catheter passes through. Blood clots in the legs or lungs.
What tests does an electrophysiologist do?
An electrophysiological study (EP study) is a test used to evaluate your heart’s electrical system and to check for abnormal heart rhythms. Natural electrical impulses coordinate contractions of the different parts of the heart. This helps keep blood flowing the way it should.
What is meant by electrophysiology?
Electrophysiology: The biomedical field dealing with the study of electric activity in the body. Electrophysiology includes the study of the production of electrical activity and the effects of that electrical activity on the body.
Are you awake during an EP study?
You will probably be awake during the procedure. But you might be asleep. The doctor will give you medicines to help you feel relaxed and to numb the areas where the catheters go in. An EP study and ablation can take 2 to 6 hours.
When do you see an electrophysiologist?
If your heartbeat is too slow (lower than 60 beats per minute) or too fast (more than 100 beats per minute) an electrophysiologist can help find the cause of your irregular heartbeat and recommend treatment. You also might be referred to an electrophysiologist if you are diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.
How long does ablation surgery take?
The Procedure Catheter ablation can take between two and four hours to complete. The procedure is done in an electrophysiology lab where you will be monitored closely. Before the procedure begins, you will be given intravenous medications to help you relax and even fall asleep.
Does heart ablation shorten life span?
Summary: Easing heart palpitations is one benefit of catheter ablation. A longer life span is another. Study shows 60 drop in cardiovascular mortality after ablation for atrial fibrillation.
Why would you see an electrophysiologist?
Reasons to See an Electrophysiologist Are undergoing or being considered for cardiac ablation, a procedure that creates scar tissue in order to block erratic signals. Experience syncope, i.e., a sudden loss of consciousness. Have a risk of sudden cardiac death. Are undergoing heart surgery.
How long does an EP procedure take?
An EP study can take one to four hours. Your test may last longer if you’re also undergoing cardiac ablation.
Will I be awake during catheter ablation?
For some ablations, you will be under general anesthesia and on a breathing machine temporarily; for others you may be only lightly sedated and more awake. Your doctor and anesthesiologist will determine the best type of anesthesia to give you during your procedure.
Why am I being referred to an electrophysiologist?