Has anyone been to see an electrophysiologist...

By openhearts1110 Latest Reply 2011-09-19 12:51:03 -0500
Started 2011-08-31 18:25:10 -0500

My doctor wants me to see an electrophysiologist before i have my surgery done. Ive read what its for but still dont understand completely. What is it that they do.

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ashleylovie 2011-09-15 13:48:48 -0500 Report

I agree. The procedure sounds a bit scary but it's very straightforward. I had an EP study done about a year ago. I was pretty nervous at first but I knew it was necessary. The whole process was extremely fast. I was told that I would be put under but not very deep and that some patients are even awake to watch the whole thing on a monitor. I, of course, asked to be put under as much as possible ha and I don't remember any of it. Woke up, went home and everything was done :) Hope you have a good experience and just remember that if your doc recommended it then it's for the best :) Looking forward to hearing your experience!!

HeartHawk 2011-08-31 21:59:46 -0500 Report


Essentially what an electrophysiologist (EP) does is try to make your heart malfunction (kinda spooky), monitor exactly where and what type of electrical signals create the problem, then look for ways to prevent it, and test to make certain they work.

This is typically done by sedating the patient and snaking electrodes to the heart via the same technique as inserting a stent. These electrodes are moved into precise place using large external magnets and a programmed series of electrical stimulations are used to provoke an arrythmia. Of course they are equally able to stop the arrhythmia which tells them what works and what doesn't.

For example, an EP study can tell if a pacemaker is doing its job and if not how to properly adjust it. It is also used to determine if procedures like cardiac ablation have successfully reduced or eliminated atrial fibrillation.

It sounds kind of weird but EPs provide a great service and it is a safe and effective procedure done thousands of times. Please share your experience, what they find and what they recommend. I am certain others have similar questions to yours which your experience can help answer.


openhearts1110 2011-08-31 22:37:45 -0500 Report

That kinda scares me more then having open heart agin. lol. thank you for replying. ill post about what they tell me.

HeartHawk 2011-09-03 22:59:35 -0500 Report


Yeah, like I said it sounds kind of spooky but in practice it's not. I remember when my father-in-law needed a pacemaker. The cardiologist I work with said while it seems like a big deal putting in a pacemaker (the technique is much like an EP test) it is the cardiac equivalent of performing an appendectomy - simple, straightforward, and done thousands of times without incident.