Monday, January 9, 2012

Electrophysiology Study

I went to the University of Chicago Medical Center today for my electrophysiology study to assess for arrhythmias in my heart that potentially may have caused my bicycling accident back in August. The result of the study was negative, which meant that they were unable to medically induce an arrhythmia (with the exception of a very brief one). Had the test come back positive (and they were able to induce an arrhythmia), it would have been followed by a serious discussion about me getting an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). While a negative result doesn't provide as clear of an answer for doctors regarding next steps, personally I'm pretty happy that an ICD is not a likely part of my immediate future. I have a follow-up appointment with the electrophysiologist next month to discuss options for ongoing monitoring of my heart's electrical activity.

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