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Reasons for Procedure
- Find the cause of abnormally slow heart rhythms ( bradycardias )
- Find the source of abnormally fast heart rhythms ( tachycardias )
- Provoke and diagnose heart arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) that occur infrequently
- Reveal suspected arrhythmias
- Excess bleeding
- Blot clots
- Injuries to blood vessels or the heart
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Heart attack
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- ECG and blood studies may be done.
- You will likely need to lie still and flat on your back for a period of time. A pressure dressing may be placed over the area where the catheter was inserted to help prevent bleeding. It is important to follow the nurses' directions.
- You will need to rest in bed until the sedative has worn off. Your heart rate and blood pressure will be monitored. You will also be checked for swelling or infections. If necessary, you may be given pain medicine. After resting for at least 4-6 hours, your doctor will let you know if you can go home that day or if you need to be admitted for more treatment or observation. If you are discharged on the same day as the test, you should have someone drive you home.
- Do not lift heavy objects or engage in strenuous exercise or sexual activity as directed by your doctor.
- Follow your doctor's instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the insertion site
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Your leg feels cold, turns white or blue, or becomes numb or tingly
- Lightheadedness or weakness
American Heart Association http://heart.org
Texas Heart Institute http://texasheartinstitute.org
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://heartandstroke.ca
University of Ottawa Heart Institute http://ottawaheart.ca
Electrophysiology studies (EPS). American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/SymptomsDiagnosisMonitoringofArrhythmia/Electrophysiology-Studies-EPS%5FUCM%5F447319%5FArticle.jsp. Updated November 18, 2014. Accessed March 11, 2015.
Electrophysiology studies. Texas Heart Institute website. Available at: http://texasheartinstitute.org/HIC/Topics/Diag/dieps.cfm. Updated August 2014. Accessed March 11, 2015.
Warning signs of a heart attack. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/WarningSignsofaHeartAttack/Warning-Signs-of-a-Heart-Attack%5FUCM%5F002039%5FArticle.jsp. Updated February 3, 2015. Accessed March 11, 2015.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 03/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/02/2014 -
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