For heart rhythm studies, general anaesthesia or sedation may be used.
Ask your cardiologist if you can meet with your anaesthetist before the day of your procedure. This way you won’t be hurried or stressed, and can be involved in the planning.
Your anaesthetist is responsible for your anaesthesia and wellbeing during the procedure and your post-operative pain relief.
You may be offered medication before your procedure to prevent nausea, reduce stomach acid or help you relax. If you think you’ll be feeling anxious before your procedure, ask if you can have something to relax you.
Light sedation will make you feel relaxed while deeper sedation will most likely make you go to sleep so you’re unlikely to remember much or anything that happens during the procedure.
With general anaesthetic you’ll be unconscious for your procedure and a tube will be inserted into your throat to help you breathe. You may wake up with a sore throat from the tube. General anaesthetics may cause post-operative nausea and vomiting.
If you’re overweight or obese, there are increased risks associated with general anaesthesia.
Pain relief after procedure
If you have discomfort after your procedure you’ll be given pain relief medication prescribed by your anaesthetist.
This can be given at regular times, or when pain starts to bother you.
Print this page to take when you meet with your cardiologist and anaesthetist.