What is an EPS?
For people with irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias), an EPS is a test to analyse the electrical activity of the heart.
Thin, flexible tubes (catheters) are carefully guided to your heart where they test and monitor your heart’s electrical activity. This test enables your cardiologist to gain valuable information to make a precise diagnosis.
What’s involved with an EPS?
We understand that everybody’s different. That’s why your procedure is designed for you. GenesisCare is focused on making sure you’re comfortable and informed about your procedure. Here’s a broad summary of what you can expect during your EPS test.
- It’s important not to eat or drink anything 6 hours before your test.
- If you have diabetes, you should talk to your cardiologist about your food and insulin intake, as these can affect your blood sugar levels.
- You should also check whether any medicines that you currently take should be stopped before the test. Also, bring a list of your medicines with you to the procedure.
- A general anaesthetic may be given before the procedure, although most are performed under sedation and local anaesthetic.
- Electrodes are placed on your chest and attach to a machine that monitors your heart rhythm during the test.
- A small incision is made in your leg and the catheters are gently guided up to your heart.
- When they are in place, small electrical impulses through the catheters make your heart beat at different speeds. The response to these impulses is recorded.
- When the catheters are removed, firm pressure will be applied to the incisions to stop any bleeding.
- After monitoring your recovery, you should be able to go home that day.
- You need to be gentle with the puncture site for a day or two.
- For your safety, you should not drive for 24 hours after the test.
Why wait for your results?
Your treatment shouldn’t stop you getting on with your life. That’s why your doctor will usually have the results available at the end of the test. They will advise you about any further treatments required or changes to any existing treatment.