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Electrophysiology Study with Catheter Ablation

An electrophysiology study is conducted to diagnose an abnormal (typically rapid) heart rhythm problem. This diagnostic procedure also indicates whether catheter ablation can treat the problem and if it is safe to do so. The catheter ablation procedure is usually performed directly following the electrophysiology study.  Catheter ablation is a procedure that is used to destroy very small amounts of abnormal heart tissue that is responsible for your heart rhythm problems.  There are various energy sources doctors can choose to produce lesions to treat heart rhythm problems via catheter ablation. These treatment applications typically involve radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation. 

You cannot eat or drink immediately prior to the procedure and your doctor will advise you of the duration.  Be sure to check with your doctor several days before your procedure as you may be asked to stop taking certain medications for up to a week prior to the procedure. This can help get more accurate test results. Also bring a list of all the medications you are currently taking. It is important for the doctor to know the exact names and dosages of any medications that you take.

The cost of this procedure is fully covered by most health insurances. Our secretaries will advise you if there is a cost to you at the time of booking. The findings of the electrophysiology study will be discussed with you and a report will be sent to your cardiologist and general practitioner.

Electrophysiology procedures are carried out at the Intra Epsom site in the Mercy Hospital on Mountain Road. 

For further information please phone The Heart Group 09 623 6377.