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Electrophysiology Studies in Chennai

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Electrophysiology Studies Procedures

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Artemis Cardiac Centre is listed among the top hospitals for Cardiac Care in India. It is a hub of excellence, offering the most comprehensive diagnostic and treatment modalities, like Electrophysiology Studies, for thorough evaluation and management of patients with problems related to the heart rhythm. The hospital pioneers innovation and advancements to make sure you have access to the finest facilities and services, at every step of the journey to better heart health.

Our team strictly adheres to personalized treatment plans because we believe that every individual has unique medical requirements. Throughout your journey from treatment to recovery, we ensure your medical needs are being catered to with a robust approach.

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Electrophysiology Studies

What is Electrophysiology Studies ?

Electrophysiology Studies

Electrophysiology studies (EP), also known as invasive cardiac electrophysiology, are performed to evaluate the cardiac conduction system of the patient to determine any abnormality in the heart rhythms. This is done using tiny electrodes, which are inserted into the patients body and guided towards the heart with the help of imaging guidance offered by a fluoroscope. These electrodes help to assess the flow of electrical signals in the targeted areas of the heart, as well as to stimulate these areas of the heart. EP studies play a vital role in helping doctors determine the best treatment strategy for patients with a personalized approach, allowing them to deliver the best outcomes.

Why does one need Electrophysiology studies?

Electrophysiology studies are recommended for patients who have any problem related to the hearts electrical conductivity. Your doctor may advise you to get it done if you are presenting with the symptoms of arrhythmia or have been diagnosed with it. You may also need it if you have an existing medical condition that puts you at a high risk of having heart failure or if your arrhythmia is recurrent and resistant to the treatments.

Time Taken For Procedure

Electrophysiology Studies is broadly classified and based on the technique that is used:

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Procedure Time

It can take around 2 to 3 hours or more.

Hospital Stay

Patients are required to stay at the hospital for a couple of hours and discharged on the same day.

Recovery Period

It takes around 5 to 7 days to get back to work

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Symptoms

You may be recommended to go for angioplasty if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms linked to coronary artery disease, which are not responding to medication and lifestyle modifications:

Advantages of Electrophysiology Studies

Various Advantages of Electrophysiology Studies are:

About Electrophysiology Studies Procedure

Preparation

  • The first and most crucial step of EP studies is to consult your doctor and discuss your health history, ongoing medications, and allergies.
  • You will be briefed about the procedure, its benefits and potential risks involved. This is crucial for helping you prepare mentally.
  • If you are taking any medication actively, make sure your doctor knows about them. You might be required to stop taking these or make adjustments in the dosage.
  • To ensure accurate results and minimize complications, it is usually recommended that you fast for a specific period (typically 6 hours prior) before the electrophysiology study.
  • Wearing loose clothing will allow for easy access to the areas where catheters will be inserted, ensuring a more comfortable experience.
  • It is essential to drink plenty of fluids in the days leading up to the procedure to maintain proper hydration. However, its advisable to avoid caffeinated or carbonated beverages on the day of the study as they can interfere with the accuracy of the measurements.

What does the Procedure involve?

  • For the procedure, you will be given local anaesthesia and sedatives to numb the concerned area, to avoid any kind of discomfort during the process.
  • Small, flexible catheters will be threaded through a blood vessel and carefully guided towards your heart. This is done under the guidance of imaging techniques, such as fluoroscopy, to ensure accurate placement of the catheters.
  • Once the catheters are in position, they will measure the electrical signals inside your heart. This mapping process helps identify any abnormal patterns or areas causing the disturbance.
  • After a thorough evaluation of the electrical signals, your doctor will interpret the results and make a diagnosis. If any abnormality is detected, they may proceed with a treatment procedure during the same session.

What follows the Procedure?

  • After the procedure, you may experience slight soreness and discomfort, which can last for a couple of days. In case of severe pain, you can take prescribed pain medication.
  • The time taken for recovery varies from one patient to another. Generally, it takes anywhere between 3 to 4 weeks.
  • The healing process is slow and gradual, and normal activities can be resumed only after making sure that you have recovered completely.
  • While electrophysiology studies are generally safe, there are slight risks of complications like infection, bleeding, and blood clots. Although these are rare, it is important to watch out for them and seek immediate medical attention.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q -Can Electrophysiology Studies be done with other Cardiac procedures?

Yes, Electrophysiology Studies can be done along with other cardiac procedures. It is generally done prior to cardiac ablation procedure, to assess the patient and determine the best course of treatment. 

Q - Who cannot go for Electrophysiology Studies?

Electrophysiology Studies are widely recommended by Doctors, however, there are several factors that could affect your eligibility to undergo the procedure. These are:

  • Underlying medical conditions such as unstable angina
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Severe infection of blood
  • Serious valvular disease 
  • Old age
  • Existing comorbidities 
Q - How long does it take to resume normal activities following an Electrophysiology Study?

In the majority of the cases, the patients are able to resume normal activity within a day or two, following electrophysiology studies.

Q - Can Electrophysiology Study be used for diagnosing and assessing all types of Arrhythmias?

Electrophysiology Study can be used to diagnose and assess various different types of arrhythmias but not all of them. In some cases, the patients may require continuous monitoring and other diagnostic modalities for precise assessment. 

Q - Are there any risks associated with Electrophysiology Study?

Just like any other medical procedure There are several risks associated with Electrophysiology Study as well. These include vascular damage, infection and bleeding.

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