A 55-year-old female asked:
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afib/murmur issue cardiologist has referred me to electrophysiologist. will l have to do ep study before they can treat afib?

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Dr. K. Mujib Haque
23 years experience Internal Medicine
Treat Atrial Fib: Regardless of what the Electrophysiologist reccomneds you should be on medications to control your heart rate. Rate control, and in certain patients anticoagulation (blood thining medication) are the basic treatment for Atrial Fibrillation. Yes, "Atrial ablation" after EP study is the latest treatment. You might also want to ask your cardiologist to explain why in your case Node ablation is neede
Answered on May 20, 2015
Dr. Warren Everett
Specializes in Family Medicine
Atrial fib: When they do the study they will try and ablate the focus of the problem. The study and treatment are at the same time. This is not always successful, but if it is you are in luck an well be done with it. Good luck
Answered on Aug 30, 2014
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Dr. Theresa Henderson
40 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
EP not usually first: An EP study is not usually a must to start treating Atrial fibrillation. A murmur does not require an EP study for treatment to begin. Usually, in a situation like yours,an ultrasound picture and evaluation of your heart is done and medication management can be started. If this management fails then an EP study may be done to find the Afib origin and remove this origin site.
Answered on Aug 31, 2014

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