What is the Test Like to Experience?

You will be administered medication and a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the test. A small incision is placed in your thigh or in the neck, through which one or more catheters are inserted and guided precisely to the blood vessels in your heart. Each catheter is equipped with a tiny electrode to capture electrical flows through your heart to help identify the cause of your symptoms. The tiny electrodes have the capacity to emit tiny electrical impulses to your heart, which can trigger arrhythmia and more closely detect the area of your heart that is causing you trouble. Various medications may be administered to determine which one will be most effective for you.

Preparing for Your Electrophysiology Mapping Study

You will need to stop eating or drinking for eight hours before your procedure and arrange for a friend or family member to transport you to and from your appointment. Please bring a list of all your current medications, doses, and any supplements you take regularly. Bring your prescriptions in a closed bag, so our medical professionals have all the information they need. If you take blood-thinning medication, you must speak with your doctor about stopping it four days prior to your mapping procedure. Before the test, you will undergo some more basic diagnostic tests, including an EKG and blood testing.

Heart Rhythm Disorders and Your Yealth

Heart health is critical to whole-body health. Electrophysiology mapping, or an “EP study,” allows your heart doctor to have a super-detailed look at how the electrical signals in your heart move through the system. This test may be necessary as part of diagnosing your condition, especially when you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Abnormal heart rhythm, or “arrhythmia.”
  • You have recently fainted.
  • It is suspected you are at risk for sudden cardiac death.
  • You need to undergo a procedure called “cardiac ablation,” in which heat or cold energy is delivered to the heart to treat heart rhythm problems.

Why Choose San Diego Cardiac Center?

Your EP study will be performed by some of the most accomplished medical professionals in the San Diego area. We stay at the forefront of the latest developments in heart condition diagnostic testing and cutting-edge treatments. Our specialists at San Diego Cardiac Center offer the highest level of expertise and provide the entire spectrum of advanced cardiac care.

We are progressive in adopting new therapies for our patients as a result of our clinical research experience, and we often are able to deliver newer, more successful procedures and therapies before they come into wider use or are available at any other clinic in the region.

We treat all aspects of cardiac disease and have multiple doctors with subspecialties who provide quality care. Our patients often have access to cutting-edge treatments and newer procedures that are less invasive and bring about a better outcome, including issues related to heart arrhythmias.

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