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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
An electrophysiology study (EPS) is a test to show the electrical activity in your heart. Your heart's electrical system controls your heartbeat. A problem with your heart's electrical system may lead to abnormal heartbeats. EPS helps healthcare providers find the area in your heart causing abnormal heartbeats.
- Medicines can help decrease pain, or strengthen and regulate your heartbeat. Ask your healthcare provider for more information about these and other medicines you may need.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Ask your healthcare provider how to care for the area where the catheter was inserted. You may need to wash the wound carefully with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.
Check your heartbeat:
Ask your healthcare provider to show you how to check your pulse (heartbeat). Ask him what a regular pulse rate is and what to do if yours is not regular.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You feel dizzy or lightheaded.
- You feel new or more palpitations in your chest, neck, or throat.
- You have a fever.
- The area the catheter was put in is red, warm, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- You cough up blood.
- Your hand or foot becomes numb, cold, or turns blue.
- You have any of the following signs of a heart attack:
- Squeezing, pressure, or pain in your chest that lasts longer than 5 minutes or returns
- Discomfort or pain in your back, neck, jaw, stomach, or arm
- Trouble breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lightheadedness or a sudden cold sweat, especially with chest pain or trouble breathing
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