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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 1 more doctor answer
Will the accuracy of mapping of the heart be compromised if general anesthesia is used during mapping for a pediatric atrial ablation?
Atrial Tachy (AT): It depends on the frequency/duration of the at. Infrequent episodes - follow or treat with meds - av nodal or antiarrhythmic drugs. Frequent episodes consider ablation if meds fail. Sometimes difficult to induce at ep study and cannot ablate due to need to MAP out the arrhythmia. Success rates in the area of 70-80% if frequent and not multifocal - coming from multiple areas. Ep md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 2 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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