Noninvasive program stimulation (NIPS) is an electrophysiology study that checks the electrical activity of your heart when you have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). NIPS is performed directly after having had a defibrillator implanted in your heart to ensure it is working properly. NIPS also may be done again later, especially if there are changes in your health or medications.
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NIPS Test at Dignity Health: What to Expect
The NIPS is performed at one of our hospitals on an outpatient basis. The test takes about 15 minutes.
The doctor will use your ICD to stimulate your heart and monitor how well the device responds by either delivering a shock or by pacing your heart, restoring your heart to a more normal rhythm. If needed, your doctor can make adjustments to your ICD programming.
Because this test requires sedation, you should have someone available to drive you home.
Recovery after NIPS
After the procedure, you will be moved to a recovery area where you will stay until the sedative has worn off and our cardiac team feels it is safe for you to be discharged. Most patients go home the same day. You doctor will share your results with you that day and review your next steps. NIPS can be reassuring, as you will know that your ICD is working as it should.
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Serving heart patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, Dignity Health offers noninvasive program stimulation in Arizona.