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O've had two heart surgeries as a child and had an ablation for atrial fibrillation. How often should I see my cardiologist?

O've had two heart surgeries as a child and had an ablation for atrial fibrillation. How often should I see my cardiologist?

Visit returns: Frequency for re checks really depends on the problem(s) and the symptoms. Not knowing what your surgeries were or the success of the ablation it is hard to say. If all has been repaired and no symptoms and sinus rhythm are stable, then yearly visits would likely be fine. If you're having problems, then they would dictate the frequency of return visits. ...Read more

Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness ...Read more


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Can you recommend the best reference source to learn more about ablation of atrial fibrillation?

Can you recommend the best reference source to learn more about ablation of atrial fibrillation?

ACC or AHA: Hello marina -- yes, you can find comprehensive reference and patient educations at the american college of cardiology or american heart association websites -- please just google them. ...Read more

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Should I get ablation for my atrial fibrillation and is the robot the right way to go?

Should I get ablation for my atrial fibrillation and is the robot the right way to go?

It depends: The robot for atrial fibrillation will probably not improve the outcomes of the ablation. It may make the procedure slightly faster, or perhaps less xray use - but the outcomes are about the same as the non-robot ablation. ...Read more

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What is the success rate for the "firm" procedure for atrial fibrillation and are there any additional risks having it done over a normal ablation

What is the success rate for the "firm" procedure for atrial fibrillation and are there any additional risks having it done over a normal ablation

Alternate technique: My understanding is that FIRM (focal impulse and rotor modulation) ablation is, perhaps, a more advanced ablation system using a very sophisticated catheter that, purportedly, maps locations/rotors that seemingly could trigger & sustain AF. Success up to 80% in controlling AF for 2 years is reported, better than with standard ablation. Risks should be similar. Careful case selection is important! ...Read more

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I have atrial fibrillation, my knees require replacement surgery.. Is there any alternative procedure to surger?

I have atrial fibrillation, my knees require replacement surgery.. Is there any alternative procedure to surger?

Options: That would me a question for your orthopod. I am assuming the question you are having regarding the surgery has to do with anticoagulation? You can actually be bridged with heparin or lovenox (enoxaparin) if such is the case. If the question is purely based on addition procedures more info will be required to tell you about options ...Read more

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What is the indication for surgical ablation (av node ablation) for atrial fibrillation?

What is the indication for surgical ablation (av node ablation) for atrial fibrillation?

Definitive Control: We don't generally do this with surgery, but rather with a "catheter" based procedure (wire we thread into the heart that cauterizes the av node). This procedure provides complete control of the heart rate in the lower chamber and excellent symptom control, but makes people dependent on the pacemaker that *must* be implanted with this procedure. ...Read more

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Do you think Atrial Fibrillation would improve with an ablation? Only remedy so far is cardioversion

Yes: RF ablation for atrial fibrillation and/or atrial flutter in good hands ought to be curative. Factors that determine success: electrophysiologists experience and record of success, duration of AF; size and function of Left atrium. Good luck! ...Read more

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How safe is a cardiac ablation? Will it help to cure atrial fibrillation? If it does, will I have to continue taking medication

Usually safe: Although many serious complications can occur during an ablation, when performed by a skilled physician with plenty if experience in a good hospital it is usually very safe. When successful an ablation may allow a patient to come off medications prescribed for the arrhythmia which was ablated. Atrial fibrillation is an arrhythmia which can be cured with ablation. ...Read more

Dr. Ralph Wharton
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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


Fibrillation (Definition)

Fibrillation is the rapid, irregular, and unsynchronized contraction of muscle fibers. An important occurrence is with ...Read more