AFTER ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY STUDY

Discharge Instructions

FOR YOUR SAFETY, A RESPONSIBLE ADULT MUST DRIVE YOU HOME AFTER THE PROCEDURE. THE MEDICATION YOU RECEIVED DURING THE PROCEDURE MAKES YOU DROWSY. WE WISH YOU A VERY SPEEDY RECOVERY. HERE IS SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CARING FOR YOURSELF WHEN YOU GO HOMEpdf2

WHAT TO MONITOR ONCE AT HOME

  • Check for Bleeding from the groin puncture sites. Small amounts of “oozing” may be controlled by applying direct pressure to the site for 5-10 minutes with a piece of gauze or Band Aid. If bleeding continues, call your EP physician and seek immediate medical attention.
  • Check for a Hematoma (blood clot) – characterized by a firm mass under the skin that may cause a sensation of tightness or pain. If a hematoma grows rapidly in size, apply direct pressure and seek immediate medical attention.
  • Check your temperature – A temperature of 101 or greater may be an early sign of infection.
  • You may remove the clear bandages on your groins the day after the procedure.
  • You may take a shower after the bandages are removed. Gently wash the area with soap and water and pat dry.
  • Do not lift, pull or push anything greater than 10 pounds (about a gallon of milk) for 3 days.
  • Avoid running, lifting (more than 10 pounds) and sit-ups for 1 week.
  • Resume normal activity after a week, but avoid any strenuous activities for 2 weeks, such as the gym.
  • Prior to discharge you should discuss when it is appropriate for you to return to work.

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WHEN TO CALL THE DOCTOR

Call your Electrophysiologist if you experience one of the following:

  • Fever
  • Malaise< general feeling of being unwell
  • Dysphagia< difficulty swallowing
  • Neurological symptoms< numbness, tingling, dizziness, double vision
  • Burning or hesitation with voiding< may be a symptom of a urinary tract infection

Your doctor may advise you to go to the local Emergency Room for evaluation. When to go to the Emergency Room

  • Increasing chest pain
  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • High fever
  • Neurological symptoms

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Am i supposed to resume my medications especially blood thinners?

Patients generally need to resume all medications including the blood thiiners. If you were not on a blood thinner before you may have been started on one after the ablation procedure. You may be required to take a blood thinning medication, such as Coumadin (warfarin), Pradaxa, Xarelto or Eliquis for two to three months after the procedure. You may be required to have a blood test called an INR on a regular basis so the doctor may evaluate the dosage of Coumadin(Warfarin). INR is generally maintained between 2.0 and 3.0.

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WHEN SHOULD I FOLLOW-UP?

  • Patients generally followup in the clinic in 2-4 weeks of the procedure.
  • Call (602) 456 2342 to schedule this appointment if one was not made for you at the time of your discharge from the hospital.
  • An echocardiogram, EKG, holter or event monitor may be performed as part of your first follow-up evaluation.

 

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