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Doctor insights on: Ablation Heart Procedure

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Ablation (Definition)

Cardiac ablation involves destruction of tissue aimed at elimination of sources of origin or propagation of arrhythmias. It may also be used to destroy part of the heart in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Typically it is done with a catheter inserted through a ...Read more


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Is premed needed before a dental cleaning if you had a heart ablation procedure in the last three months?

Is premed needed before a dental cleaning if you had a heart ablation procedure in the last three months?

I would: not well addressed in the guidelines, but there is some endothelial damage necessary for the ablation - which heals over time - prophylaxis for the three or six months post procedure is probably over-safe, but the "cost" of prophylaxis is generally quite small. ...Read more

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I had an ablation done 2 months on my heart & for the past 2 weeks I feel the way I did before my procedure is this normal?

I had an ablation done 2 months on my heart & for the past 2 weeks I feel the way I did before my procedure is this normal?

See your EP: While ablations are often curative there can be recurrence (incomplete ablation) or other arrythmias present not previously appreciated. Talk to your electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for heart ablation things I should worry about I need to know prior to surgery? Steve

What is the procedure for heart ablation
 things I should worry about I need to know prior to surgery?
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Must know risks, etc: Any invasive body procedure must, by law, be discussed with you beforehand. U need to know what u have, what the procedure will hopefully correct, how often the procedure does not work, what are the potential risks (including fataliities). There are a number of indications for ablation, most common atrial fibrillation. It involves cutting nerve fibers in specific areas of heart. Informed consent. ...Read more

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How to determine my max heart rate during exercise? I am a 52yr old male ex af patient 2.5yrs ago, following successful catheter ablation procedure.

How to determine my max heart rate during exercise? I am a 52yr old male ex af patient 2.5yrs ago, following successful catheter ablation procedure.

168: Maximum heart rate depends on age using the formula 220-age=maximum heart rate. In your case 100% of maximum predicted heart rate is 168. I recommend 85% of this number which is about 143 bpm. It should not go above 168. ...Read more

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Should my niece contact her doctor and is this normal after having an ablation procedure? My niece had an ablation procedure on her heart 4 yrs ago due to a racing heart. Her heart rate was elevated even at times of rest, and after monitoring the felt she

Should my niece contact her doctor and is this normal after having an ablation procedure? My niece had an ablation procedure on her heart 4 yrs ago due to a racing heart. Her heart rate was elevated even at times of rest, and after monitoring the felt she

One : One would hope that a tachycardia like this would not occur after an ablation procedure. She should definitely contact her doctor. Rapid heart rates can be caused by multiple different mechanisms, so evaluation by her physician will be important. Episodes like this could recur. ...Read more

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What is heart ablation?

What is heart ablation?

RFA: By this, i assume you mean radiofrequency ablation or rfa procedures. These are highly specialized electrophysiology procedures used to treat specific heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias). It is carried out much in the same way as a heart catheterization except the heart's electrical activity is mapped and abnormal rhythms are treated with radiofrequency energy through special catheters. ...Read more

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Who gets heart ablation?

Who gets heart ablation?

Ablation: It i a complicated affair. It is usually reserved for intractable dysrrythmias.Intermittant vt.Is one important aspect of it. ...Read more

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What are risks of heart ablation?

Ask your doctor: Really and truly, if you're having this or any other procedure, then your doctor should and hopefully will explain the indications, benefits, risk and alternatives to you. However, ablation's risks are bleeding, infection, cardiac rupture, heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrhythmias which can be benign, but could also lead to death. Bad outcomes are very uncommon however. ...Read more

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What is an ablation of the heart and what does it mean?

What is an ablation of the heart and what does it mean?

Destroy problem area: In some cases, an area of the heart can cause dangerous or uncomfortable irregularity of the heartbeat. A special wire is used to destroy the offending area hopefully curing the problem. ...Read more

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What heart condition which make ablation AF Not be performed?

What heart condition which make ablation AF Not be performed?

Permanent AF: Ablation is rarely effective over the long term for permanent atrial fibrillation and therefore is rarely used for this. Also, AF with no symptoms should not be treated with ablation. I see you take Tambocor (flecainide). If it's partially but not completely effective, you would be a good candidate for ablation. ...Read more

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I had a heart ablation 1/9/2013. How long before i can excerise?

I had a heart ablation 1/9/2013.  How long before i can excerise?

Do That Now: Get out your gym playlists because you're good to go. Once the groin sites have healed up, there should be no particular reason to avoid exercise. Either the ablation worked and the arrhythmia is cured, or it didn't and you have a chance of seeing it again. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had a heart ablation why would I be having pains in the top of my heart?

Ablation: If you are having chest pains in a time frame close to the ablation procedure you should consult your EP doctor and be evaluated. If the ablation was a long time ago then see your Dr. to find out if the pains have any meaning. ...Read more

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What is ablation of the heart and is it harmful?

What is ablation of the heart and is it harmful?

Ablation: Is use of high radio frequency catheter based technique to cure heart arrythmias. It has a low complication rate. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heart cath and ablation?

What is the difference between a heart cath and ablation?

Plumbing vs electric: Heart cath or angiogram is the procedure where the cardiologist injects the dye into arteries of the heart and looks at x ray images. Sometimes does balloon to dilate and/ or put in a stent. Heart ablation is electrophysiology procedure of breaking the electrical circuit of the heart to treat heart rhythm problems. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your heart to heal after an ablation?

How long does it take for your heart to heal after an ablation?

Ablation: While gross healing is within a week or so, it usually takes six weeks or more for rhythm to settle down. ...Read more

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Had two ablation heart rate was 180's now heart rate in 30-40's what causes this?

Had two ablation heart rate was 180's now heart rate in 30-40's what causes this?

Junctional rhythm: Please see your cardiologist your new pacemaker may be dominated by the AV node leading to this bradycardia. It may be accentuated by your medications, such as beta blockers. Pacing may be indicated including a pacemaker if you are symptomatic you should actually go to the ER immediately. Your blood pressure and other vital signs needed ASAP. Call your cardiologist ASAP if stable, ER if symptoms ...Read more

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Will a AV node ablation for sure 100 present fix my heart from going to fast & slow. ?

Will a AV node ablation for sure 100 present fix my heart from going to fast & slow. ?

Not 100%: Nothing is 100%. The electrocardiologist will do their best to locate the exact location, but there is a chance they can't get it all and it will recur. While it works most of the time I frequently see patients that have had it done and it doesn't completely work. ...Read more

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What does scarring on heart mean husband had ablation, dr said a lot of scarring on heart what is prognosis for that

What does scarring on heart mean husband had ablation, dr said a lot of scarring on heart what is prognosis for that

Difficult to say: Ablation intentionally creates scar tissue to destroy abnormal electrical pathways that may cause alterations or disturbances in heart rhythm. In this case scar is desireable. In the context of what your physicians said, it may mean scar tissue from possilbe previous infarction which is less desireable. Depending on extent, wall motion & subsequent electrical patterns, it is difficult to prognose. ...Read more

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