Electrophysiology Study

Summary

The heart has a complex system of specialised tissue in the right side of the heart that has the ability to generate electrical activity which makes the heart contract. This electrical activity acts as a “pacemaker” to set the rate and rhythm of each heart-beat.

Abnormalities in this electrical system, known as arrhythmia can be caused by problems with the heart itself such as furred arteries, valvular heart disease and other heart muscle diseases and non-heart problems such as disorders of the thyroid gland, low levels of potassium or magnesium, poor lifestyle choices such as smoking, alcohol etc) aging and inherited/congenital conditions.

 

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require. If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you. Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our Reservations team can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant. Call our sales advisors on 01622 237 727 or email enquiries@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself. If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf. If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests). Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further. If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation (see what’s included below). This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital. Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

The test is carried out under sedation can take up to three hours. It is painless but some patients may experience some dizziness and/or palpitations.

Following sedation, local anaesthetic is applied to a small area of the skin, usually at the top of the right leg and over the femoral vein in preparation for a small incision to be made to allow catheters (long very fine and flexible leads with small electrical sensors at the tip) to be passed up the large vein to the heart and positioned at specific sites in the right atrium and ventricle.
Once the catheter is in the correct position the end of the lead outside the skin is attached to a highly specialised sensor and monitoring equipment which records and displays the electrical signal in real time. Small painless pacing impulses can then be delivered and measured to determine if it is normal or not. Some patients may be aware of a slight sense of palpitation or flutter in the chest during this procedure.

Once the study has been completed the leads are removed and the puncture site simply closed with pressure for a few minutes. There should be no need for stitches.

Following an Electrophysiology study, patients are usually able to go home the same day. After the procedure you will remain lying down for a few hours to allow the insertion sites time to heal. If the study has immediately led on to ablation procedure, patients are normally monitored overnight and return home the next day.

To find out more:

If you would like to come to KIMS, contact our sales advisors on 01622 237 727 or email enquiries@kims.org.uk

Our Consultants

  • Dr Laurence Nunn

    MA (Cantab) MBBS MRCP PGCHE

    • Ablation
    • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Recording
    • Electrocardiogram
    • Electrophysiology Study
    • External Cardioversion
    • Healthy Heart Check
  • Dr Peter Kabunga

    LMSSA (London), MRCP (UK), Grad Dip Cardiac Electrophysiology

    • Ablation
    • Electrophysiology Study
    • External Cardioversion
    • Healthy Heart Check
    • Pacemaker
  • Dr Shaumik Adhya

    MBBS (Hons), BSc (Hons), MRCP, CCDS, CEPS-AC

    • Ablation
    • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Recording
    • Electrophysiology Study
    • Healthy Heart Check
    • Pacemaker