An electrophysiology study can duplicate and then analyze heart arrhythmias in a safe and controlled environment. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, with offices in Lanham, Bowie, Camp Springs, Silver Spring, Laurel, and Largo, Maryland, the state’s premier cardiology specialists provide the highest standard of care, from heart studies like electrophysiology to the most advanced treatments. Call the nearest office or book an appointment using online scheduling today.
An electrophysiology study maps out your heart’s electrical system. It records the electrical activity in different parts of your heart simultaneously, essentially checking the “wiring” of your heart.
Heartbeat abnormalities (arrhythmias) like a very slow or very fast heartbeat often happen because of problems within the electrical system.
For example, the electrical signals may follow an abnormal pathway, ultimately leading to a fast or slow heartbeat and decreased blood supply to the brain and other vital organs. This ultimately causes symptoms like breathing problems, chest pain, and other issues.
So, if you have heartbeat abnormalities, your Capitol Cardiology Associates provider may recommend an electrophysiology study.
There are many different methods of heart testing, each with its own valuable information. An electrophysiology study is particularly beneficial because it provides a lot of detailed information about arrhythmias that can be difficult to obtain otherwise.
Many arrhythmias happen sporadically so it’s normally hard to evaluate them. But an electrophysiology study reproduces the arrhythmias in a controlled setting. That way, your provider can evaluate multiple aspects of heart conduction at once to effectively determine what’s going on in your heart.
Before your electrophysiology study, you’ll need to fast for about six hours. Your provider will discuss your medications with you; you might need to change or skip a few doses.
You may have tests like blood labs, X-rays, and an electrocardiogram (EKG) before your electrophysiology study.
During the study, you’ll be either awake or lightly sedated. Your provider numbs several areas, usually in the groin or arms, before inserting catheters and moving them into the heart.
They then transmit electrical signals to your heart to try to trigger abnormal heart rhythms. The procedure can vary based on what your doctor observes. For example, if you have an abnormal heart rhythm that doesn’t stop, they’ll administer medication or deliver electrical signals (pacing) to restore a normal heartbeat.
The whole study generally takes 60-90 minutes. You’ll rest for four to six hours after the procedure. You may be able to return home after discussing the results and treatment plans.
To schedule your appointment, call the nearest Capitol Cardiology Associates office or click on the provided online feature now.