Electrophysiological examination of the heart is a minimally invasive measure to assess the electrical conduction system in the heart, both the electrical activity and the conduction pathway. If the rhythm disturbance is caused by tissue abnormalities, electrophysiology can destroy the tissue using radio waves (radiofrequency ablation) or using a cooling device (cryoablation). This examination is included in the service of Primaya Hospital’s Cardiac and Vascular Center.
What is an Electrophysiology of the Heart?
Electrophysiology is a cardiac examination that uses an invasive method to record and evaluate the electrical activity of the heart. This examination is simple and safe. Electrophysiology techniques are done by listening to electrical signals that measure electrical activity in the heart to understand the condition of the heart. Electrophysiology is used for examining and treating heart disease, especially arrhythmias (heart rhythm disorders). This examination procedure requires treatment so patients are advised to rest and supervised in the hospital for several hours before being allowed to go home. Electrophysiological examination of the heart is also able to recognize other diseases such as heart blockage and so on.
The Function of the Heart Electrophysiological Examination
Electrophysiology serves to determine the cause or origin of arrhythmias (heart rhythm disorders) of patients can appear. This examination is also used to find out whether the patient’s treatment is right to overcome his arrhythmia.
Electrophysiological examination of the heart is done on people who experience symptoms or signs of arrhythmia. Cardiac arrhythmias are caused by heart impulse disorders or heart electrical disruption. This can occur when special nerve cells in the heart that are responsible for producing and delivering electricity are not working properly. Arrhythmia can also occur if other parts of the heart produce abnormal electrical signals.
This examination is also done to determine the type of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
Preparation for Cardiac Electrophysiology Examination
Patients who will undergo electrophysiology should not eat or drink within 6 to 8 hours before the examination. Tell your cardiologist what treatment you should take, including medicines, drinks or herbal foods, and vitamins. Consult with a Cardiologist whether you are still allowed to drink before and after electrophysiology.
After electrophysiology, patients will be asked to rest in the hospital and supervised by Cardiologists and nurses. The nurse will check whether the patient has bleeding or swelling as a complication. The patient will consult a Cardiologist after this examination. The consultation includes the results of the electrophysiology carried out, follow-up actions on the patient’s heart disease, cardiac treatment, and lifestyle for the patient afterwards.
Electrophysiological examination is part of the Primaya Hospital Cardiac and Vascular Center. In addition to electrophysiological examinations, at the Primaya Hospital Cardiovascular and Cardiac and Vascular Center, you can also perform an electrocardiogram (ECG) of the heart, a heart treadmill test, CABG heart surgery, heart ring installation, and others.