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Cardiac ablation is a procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to destroy a small area of heart tissue that is causing rapid and irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias). Destroying this tissue helps your heart beat regularly.
Cardiac ablation is used when medicines are not working for you. It is low-risk and successful for most people. If there are problems, they are usually due to the use of the catheters. Those are the long, thin tubes that doctors insert into your arteries or veins. Inserting the catheters can occasionally damage your blood vessel or cause bleeding or infection.
Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care has a skilled electrophysiology team who can provide a wide range of cardiac rhythm treatments. Their electrophysiology cardiologists are trained in many different techniques and procedures, many of which can provide you with a shorter recovery period and the opportunity to recover at home.
Special cells in your heart create electrical signals that travel along pathways to your heart. These signals make the heart’s upper and lower chambers beat in the proper sequence.
If you have abnormal cells, the electrical signals may cause irregular or rapid heartbeats called arrhythmias. When this happens, your heart may not pump blood effectively. You may feel faint, short of breath, and weak. You may also feel your heart pounding.
Medicines usually work very well for people. If they do not, doctors might suggest cardiac ablation.
The procedure is often used to treat a condition called supraventricular tachycardia, or SVT. SVT occurs because of abnormal conduction fibers in the heart.
Catheter ablation is also used to help control other heart rhythm problems such as atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation. Catheter ablation destroys the abnormal tissue without damaging the rest of the heart.
Usually, you’ll be asked not to eat or drink anything for at least six to eight hours before the procedure.
Tell your doctor about any medicines you take. He or she may ask you not to take them before your test. Don’t stop taking your medicines until your doctor tells you to.
Arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure.
Follow the instructions your nurse or doctor gave you. Aspirin is often prescribed for two to four weeks to minimize the risk of clotting. Most people can return to their normal activities the day after they leave the hospital.
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