In order to diagnose an arrhythmia or abnormal heart rhythm, your cardiologist will order specific tests, depending on the type of arrhythmia that is suspected. Besides blood tests, your heart doctor may order a standard EKG, event monitor, stress test, echo or angiogram. If these tests do not provide enough information, he may recommend an EP study. These are important because it helps the doctor determine the appropriate treatment plan for the patient.
Learn more about electrophysiology testing in Kansas City.
Not every cardiology office has someone who specializes in electrophysiology. Dr. Couchonnal is our EP physician at Healient.
There are many tests and monitors an EP physician can order to help diagnose your abnormal heart rhythm
A test that measures the electrical activity of your heart.
A patch that adheres your skin and continuously records your heart rhythm for up to 4 weeks.
A stress test usually involves walking on a treadmill in which your heart rhythm, blood pressure, and breathing are monitored. If you cannot walk, you’ll receive a drug that mimics the effects of exercise.
An electrophysiology (EP) study is a test performed to assess your heart’s electrical system or activity and is used to diagnose abnormal heartbeats or arrhythmia. We perform the test by inserting catheters and then wire electrodes, which measure electrical activity through blood vessels that enter the heart.
Our Testing Process
Here’s what to expect when you visit for electrophysiology testing in Kansas City.
Step 1. Get an order for the test from your physician.
Step 2. Schedule the test or order the monitor through Healient.
Step 3. Discuss results of the test with physician.
Your Heart Rhythm Specialist
Our Diagnosis Process
Here’s what to expect when you visit our heart rhythm center in Kansas City.
Step 1. Our physician will discuss the test results with you.
Step 2. He will collaborate with you on a treatment plan.
Step 3. Patient resources will be provided.
Step 4. Follow up with your doctor after your treatment plan has been implemented to discuss effectiveness.