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Doctor insights on: Ablation Of The Heart

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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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 after effect of ablation of the heart due to a palpitation?

What is the after effect of ablation of the heart due to a palpitation?

Improvement maybe: If the procedure is successful, the palpitations will not recur. Of course, if the procedure is not a success, the symptoms will recur. Then there are compkications such as stroke, tamponade (bleeding into the sac around the heart), and injury to blood vessels which may cause bleeding and may require surgical repair. ...Read more

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My husband had an ablation in his heart un high school he says for extra electrode or something my son has irregular heartbeat could they be same prob?

My husband had an ablation in his heart un high school he says for extra electrode or something my son has irregular heartbeat could they be same prob?

Not sure: There are many reasons for the irregular hear rate. Please have him seen by his pcp and a cardiologist to rule cardiac arrythmias. ...Read more

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Can you have a catheter ablation for a heart arrhythmia?

Can you have a catheter ablation for a heart arrhythmia?

Yes: Catheter ablations for cardiac arrhythmias are now well-established procedures. The specifics in terms of likelihood for success and/or complications depends on the exact nature of the dysrhythmia. You should see a heart rhythm specialist called an electro physiologist for more information. ...Read more

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I had a radiofrequency ablation to my heart in october of last year. Can I drink alcohol?

I had a radiofrequency ablation to my heart in october of last year. Can I drink alcohol?

Probably yes: Depends upon why you had the ablation and what your specific problem was but probably yes - in moderation. Conditions where i would try to limit alcohol as much as possible would include af ablation or VT ablation. ...Read more

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A friend of mine was in the hospital, and she said she had to get an ablation on her heart. What does that mean? Is that like open heart surgery?

A friend of mine was in the hospital, and she said she had to get an ablation on her heart. What does that mean? Is that like open heart surgery?

Ablation: In this procedure a device is introduced into the femoral artery in the groin and treaded up to the heart. The device has an RF tip (radio frequency) which can be used to burn the superficial tissue in the heart in the attempt to disrupt aberrant pathways. These pathways are causing an irregular heart rate. Once these pathways are carefully mapped the cardiologist ablates the abnormal pathways. ...Read more

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Effect of radiofrequency ablation treatment for heart arrhythmia?

Usually curative: In experts hands, the energy from radio-frequency waves can burn the abnormal electrical pathway or "short circuit" in the heart that is allowing the arrhythmia. ...Read more

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I had an ablation (2010) when my heart rhythm was fluttering. I woke up this morning and my heart was fluttering again. I'm really scared.

I had an ablation (2010) when my heart rhythm was fluttering.  I woke up this morning and my heart was fluttering again.  I'm really scared.

Ablation: Don't be scared. Do contact your cardiologist or electrophysiologist and have the symptoms evaluated. If your arrhythmia has returned, they will be able to advise you and treat it as is appropriate. ...Read more