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Find the right dr: I believe you're referring to alcohol septal ablation, where alcohol is instilled into coronary artery to kill muscle that, due to genetic disease, has grown out of control. The procedure has a steep learning curve, with a fine line between achieving the desired result and damaging adjacent healthy tissue. An experienced physician is crucial--ballpark figure is at least 100-200 prior procedures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are heart ablations safe w/o much complications for irregular heart beat? Why is there so much negative talk about it. Even my cardio says last resort
Irregular heart beat: What kind of irregular heart beat you are talking about? Is it a trial fibrillation. Success rate of ablation for a trial fibrillation is about 80-85% with some complications that are mostly not serious in good centers. However if atrial fibrillation, you might need to have more than one procedure. We usually try medications and not working then we go to ablation, i.e. Last resort. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is going on roller coasters safe 2-3 months after ablation, even if I have skipped beats from time to time?
Please ask you cardi: Cardiologist that is a ? Only he or she should answer, will bet the answer will be no, why take a chance with your health. ...Read more
I recently been diagnosed with svt. I decided to have the ablation done. I'm extremely scared to do this. Is this a common procedure and is it safe?
Yes, usually: In experienced hands it is a very safe and successful procedure. Volume equates to better outcomes for most procedures, meaning you want someone who has done thousands of procedures and not just a few and want it to be done at a high volume center. ...Read more
Yes, reasonably safe: Cardiac ablation is a procedure that cardiac electrophysiologist use to burn out some extra pathway where the heart's electrical current might initiate erratically. The physician needs to do cardiac mapping and find out where is the possible source of extra firing source of the electrical current. Md then burn them out with freezing burn. Under good hands it is relatively safe, 1% complication. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: It is actually known as catheter ablation. Catheter ablation has very little risk when performed by an experienced cardiologist. The ablation procedure provides a cure over 95% of the time and can be performed without significantly increased risk in children as young as five years. Recovery is quick with most patients returning to full activity in a few days. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I-131 ablation therapy aftr thyroidectomy for ca nodules. Dose 113 units suggested. Simgle dose. Is it safe?
Thyroid cancer: The usual treatment of thyroid cancer is surgery followed by i-131. About 100 mci is typical dose, and is relatively safe, although they will educate you on precautions. There are many issues, and you should see a specialist (usually endocrinologist). What kind of thyroid ca? How big? Lymph nodes involved? After i-131, you need a follow up scan, ultrasound, thyroglobulin. ...Read more
Already had 2 cardiac ablations. Don't tolerate heart meds. How many more ablations can I have. Would doing a third be safe? Already had 13hrs so far.
Several factors: The major factors include ones underlying cardiac problems, including valve function, presence of hypertension, size of ones two atria, and the experience of the professional performing the ablations. If one does not know all these factors, it might help to seek a second opinion from a specialist at a major teaching hospital. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pretty safe: If you do in university major teaching hospital and the md does this a lot, your complication should be low around 1%. So try to do at a place that the md only does this (cardiac electrophysiologist) for the living. Then you have a good chance to be well without any complications. ...Read more
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