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Doctor insights on: Arrhythmogenic Focus Ablation

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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 a cardiac ablation? Is it safe?

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 more

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Is it normal to be nauseous the day after having a cardiac ablation?

Is it normal to be nauseous the day after having a cardiac ablation?

Nausea: The short answer is “yes”. However, the causes could be related to several things including medications administered to you during and after the procedure. You should contact the physician who perform the procedure. ...Read more

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Why would someone be unable to take a deep breaths after cardiac ablation?

Why would someone be unable to take a deep breaths after cardiac ablation?

May not be related: While possible, it's very rare that an ablation leaves a patient with any lasting symptoms afterwards. The microscopic area of heart tissue destroyed is generally far too small to be felt. In very rare cases, it's possible the procedure could initiate inflammation in the space lining the outside of the heart, which might cause pain on deep breathing or breathlessness. Again, this is very rare. ...Read more

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What are treatments for cardiac ablation ?

What are treatments for cardiac ablation ?

Invasive treatment: When simple, medical measures fail and for certain heart rhythm disorders, there are invasive electrical mapping and treatments to eliminate abnormal heart rhythms which can next be considered. ...Read more

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Cardiac ablation question. When do you need it?

Cardiac ablation question. When do you need it?

When you...: Generally, these three answers suffice: when you don't want to take meds forever when the symptoms aren't sufficiently better with meds when the condition (such as typical atrial flutter) is eminently treatable with minimal risk. ...Read more

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What can I expect when going in for a cardiac ablation?

To feel better: On a more serious note, you will lay flat on a special table and be draped with a sterile sheet. Your groin will be injected with medicine to numb the skin. Your doctor will usually give you some mild sedation to make you comfortable. During the procedure you may feel palpitations and occasionally some chest or shoulder discomfort. When it's done you wil have to lay flat for a few hours. ...Read more

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How many nurses must be present during a cardiac ablation?

Zero: But generally speaking, we recommend at least two. One is generally recording and the other is assisting the electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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Has anyone had success with the cardiac ablation procedure?

Has anyone had success with the cardiac ablation procedure?

Lots: Cardiac ablations are highly successful procedures to help manage and sometimes cure cardiac dysrhythmias. The key is to find a really good ep doc. ...Read more

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