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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
Will the accuracy of mapping of the heart be compromised if general anesthesia is used during mapping for a pediatric atrial ablation?
Define better please: What does better mean? Initial atrial flutter ablation success rates run around 80-85%. This for the typical flutter variety. A form of atrial flutter called atypical atrial flutter has a much lower success rate. But ablation is invasive, meaning there is inherent risk such as perforation of the heart, pericardial effusion, need for permanent pacemaker implantation, etc. Such risks are very rare ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I had catheter ablation for atrial flutter at BW. How long before I resume normal exercise. I was a rower & am used to strenuous workouts. I am 62.
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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?
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
Can cardiac ablation for atrial fibrillation cause damage to the coronary arteries close to the ablation site
Yes but it's rare: The coronary arteries, most specifically a branch of the left circumflex artery run directly beneath a structure called the left atrial appendage. Ablation in that region, or just behind it puts rf energy near that artery. However, the artery has very high flow (relatively speaking) and is thus protected from damage the majority of the time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have atrial fibrillaiton and have no success controlling it. Im looking for advice on possible ablation?
Possibilities: Possibilities are av node ablation which is burning the av node with radio frequency, rf, ablation or ablation of the atrial fibrillation which requires scarring of the surrounding pulmonary vein. In some cases av node ablation may result in the need for a pacemaker. Atrial fibrillation ablation is more successful if the left atrium is less than 4.5cm and the duration of the af is less than 6 mos. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have atrial fibrillaiton and have no success controlling it. I'm looking for advice on possible ablation?
Boston?: You live in city that is overflowing with amazing medical facilities! Ask your doctor for a referral to an electrophysiologist. The Brigham and Women's Hospital has one heck of a good reputation! (as do many other Boston hospitals). ...Read more
I had a pacemaker put in last year and had a ablation done also. Now they want to do a atrial ventricular node. How would this help me?
AV node ablation: AV node ablation prevents the fast heart rhythm in the upper chambers (such as SVT or atrial fibrillation), from affecting the lower chambers. If the fast rate of the lower chambers can not be controlled, it could damage your heart. The concern is that the AV node ablation, leaves you dependent on the pacemaker for life. Continue discussing with heart rhythm specialist, to answer all questions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had catheter ablation for SVT and atrial flutter yesterday. Should I feel a different heartbeat if i'm cured?
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