To accurately diagnose the cause of an irregular heartbeat, skilled cardiologist, Vatsal Inamdar, MD, and the surgical team offers on-site EP studies at the South Tampa and Wesley Chapel, Florida, offices of Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute. Dr. Inamdar uses these studies to better understand where your heartbeat abnormalities are occurring to create the right treatment plan for you. To find out more about the diagnostic benefits of in-office EP studies, contact the office nearest you by phone or request a consultation online now.
Electrophysiology (EP) studies are tests that Dr. Inamdar at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute uses to determine the cause of abnormal heart rhythm. An EP study allows him to evaluate the electrical activity in your heart to identify the area where your arrhythmia is occurring.
You may need an EP study to help Dr. Inamdar determine the best course of treatment for correcting irregular heartbeats, such as a pacemaker or a cardiac ablation procedure.
Dr. Inamdar may also request EP studies to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments you’re currently on for correcting an irregular heartbeat.
During your test at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr. Inamdar gives you a sedative to help you relax and stay comfortable. You remain awake and able to follow instructions. He typically accesses a vein in your groin where he inserts a catheter and guides it up into your heart.
Through this catheter, Dr. Inamdar delivers small electric pulses to make your heart beat at varying speeds. The catheter also records the electrical activity of your heart during the test, a process known as cardiac mapping.
Based on the results of your EP study, Dr. Inamdar can identify the area where the arrhythmia occurs and create a treatment plan to address it.
Most EP studies last from one to four hours, and you stay in recovery for a period of time to rest and recover from the procedure.
Dr. Inamdar determines if you’re healthy enough to undergo EP studies after a thorough evaluation of your health and a review of your symptoms.
For some, the test may produce abnormal heart rhythms that make you feel dizziness and other symptoms of a rapid heartbeat. Otherwise, complications during the procedure are minimal. As with any invasive procedure, you may be at risk for mild bruising or infection at the insertion site of the catheter.
To ensure your safety, Dr. Inamdar provides you with complete instructions to prepare you for your EP study prior to your appointment. This may include not drinking or eating prior to the test and possibly adjusting your schedule for daily medications.
To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of an EP study, schedule a consultation at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute today by phone or use the convenient online booking feature.