You may be asked to stop taking certain medications several days before the study to ensure accurate results. Blood thinners such as Coumadin are usually stopped four days before the procedure. If you are taking a blood thinner, please let your doctor know.
Tell your doctor or nurse about any allergic reactions you have experienced from medications.
Before your procedure, your doctor will review your medical history and examine you. He or she also will explain the purpose of the procedure, its potential benefits and possible risks. Because an EP study is "invasive," requiring the insertion of catheters into the body, it involves some risk. The risk is small, however, and the study is relatively safe.
Most patients who undergo EP studies don't experience complications, but discuss the risk factors as well as any questions, concerns or feelings you have with your doctor.
You and your family will meet with the electrophysiology nurse coordinator a day or two before your procedure in the UCSF Ambulatory Care Center at 400 Parnassus Ave. in San Francisco. The nurse coordinator will provide instructions for your electrophysiology study or catheter ablation procedure and answer any questions.
Pre-admission tests, such as lab work and a 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), will be performed, if not performed earlier. Your pre-admission blood sample will be drawn in the laboratory on the first floor of the Ambulatory Care Center.
If you live far from UCSF Medical Center, the nurse coordinator will consult with you by phone and arrange to have your pre-admission tests performed at your personal doctor's office.
Here is a list of things to do and not to do before your electrophysiology (EP) or catheter ablation procedure at UCSF Medical Center.
We want to make your stay at UCSF Medical Center as pleasant and comfortable as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our nurse coordinator at (415) 476-9194 or our main office at (415) 476-5706.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.
Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia Services
400 Parnassus Ave., Floor B1, Room 094
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2554
Fax: (415) 353-2528