What happens prior to the procedure?
You will need to stop taking any medication that you have been prescribed for your abnormal heart rhythm 5 days prior to your procedure. If you are taking anti-coagulation (blood thinning) medication eg warfarin then you will need to stop this for one week prior to your procedure. If this has not been discussed with you, or if you are unsure please call us.
For procedures being performed in the morning you will usually be admitted to hospital on the evening before. For afternoon procedures you may be admitted on the morning of the procedure. Prior to the procedure you will require an ECG and blood test.
You will be required to fast for at least six hours before the study. If your procedure is in the afternoon you may have a light early breakfast. If your procedure is in the morning, DO NOT EAT OR DRINK AFTER MIDNIGHT, except for sips of water to help you swallow your pills.