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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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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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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If I have frequent unsustained SVT's and Frequent PAC's uncured by medication. And i don't want the cardiac ablation. What are the consequences of not having this invasive procedure?

If I have frequent unsustained SVT's and Frequent  PAC's uncured by medication. And i don't want the cardiac ablation. What are the consequences  of not having this invasive procedure?

Cardiac failure: Catheter ablation does have some serious risks, but they are rare. But the risks may not be worth it for people who have few symptoms. Most PACs/SVT run a benign course however if you have frequent PACs/SVTs then the risk of continuing without ablation include developing AF and SVT. Fast uncontrolled SVTs could result in fainting spells, cardiac failure and sudden death. Speak with a Cardiologist ...Read more

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I had a cardiac ablation done 5 days ago...it went with no complications..however after the procedure i have constant shortness of breath when I talk?

I had a cardiac ablation done 5 days ago...it went with no complications..however after the procedure i have constant shortness of breath when I talk?

See your doctor!: Complications from cardiac ablation are rare but can include blood clots forming in the legs or lungs. This is called a PE, and could cause shortness of breath. It's also possible (depending on the approach used) to have a partial lung collapse. See your doctor to rule out any serious problem causing your shortness of breath. ...Read more

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How to choose the best hospital and the best cardiac electrophysiologist in nyc for cardiac ablation is the procedure ever life threatening? I do get SVT 4-5 times a year and have to go to the hospital for an adenosine shot. Is this procedure life threat

How to choose the best hospital and the best cardiac electrophysiologist in nyc for cardiac ablation is the procedure ever life threatening? I do get SVT 4-5 times a year and have to go to the hospital for an adenosine shot.  Is this procedure life threat

Hard.. and no.: Svt is never fatal (with ultra-rare exceptions you almost certainly don't have) and is treated for symptoms. You're wise to look for someone good, but it isn't always easy to find the top folks. I can give you some names, but i won't do it in broad forum; to do so would be an insult to the many other excellent eps also in the area. Nyc is awash in excellent ep and you have several options. ...Read more

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Will a AV node ablation for sure 100 present fix my heart from going to fast & slow. ?

Will a AV node ablation for sure 100 present fix my heart from going to fast & slow. ?

Not 100%: Nothing is 100%. The electrocardiologist will do their best to locate the exact location, but there is a chance they can't get it all and it will recur. While it works most of the time I frequently see patients that have had it done and it doesn't completely work. ...Read more

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So if I have the AV node ablation why would I be dependent on my pacemaker for the rest of my life? I don't understand why that happens.

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So if I have the AV node ablation why would I be dependent on my pacemaker for the rest of my life? I don't understand why that happens.

Permanent block: Ablation of the AV node results in complete block of all electrical impulses coming from above in the atrium that is permanent. Since there is no impulse to stimulate the lower ventricle from above a spontaneous beat is generated in this chamber but at a much slower rate often in the 30s. Thus the need for a permanent pacemaker since ablation is irreversible ...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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