Dr. Ian Weisberg: What Comes After an Electrophysiology Study?
If your heart isn’t beating properly, your doctor may recommend that you undergo an electrophysiology study, or ESP, to figure out why. Now, let’s say you’ve just gone through the procedure, and you’re wondering what comes next. Here’s a look at what you need to do in the aftermath of an ESP, according to Dr. Ian Weisberg, a leading cardiac electrophysiologist in the Sunshine State.<
Immediately after you’ve gone through your test, you will be taken to the medical facility’s recovery room. There, you’ll be given the chance to rest in silence for between one and three hours. While in recovery, you’ll want to keep your arm or your leg — whichever one was used for your ESP — as straight as possible. Your nurse should continue to check on you to see if you develop any swelling or bleeding at your puncture site.
What Happens After Your ESP?
Once your sedative has worn off, your physician will discuss the results of your test with you. Then, the staff will explain to you what you’ll need to do to care for yourself at home. For instance, you might be prescribed some new medication you’ll have to begin taking.
Most patients can begin eating food or taking their medication within four to six hours following their tests. In addition, patients can typically resume their normal daily activities the next day. However, you should avoid driving for a minimum of 24 hours after the test.
Note that your site of puncture might be a bit sore for a few days, and you might notice a tiny bruise. This is completely normal. However, if you begin to see bleeding, get in touch with your doctor to find out what he or she wants you to do. You’ll eventually set up a time to discuss your test results and any treatment you’ll need based on the results.