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Dr. Mark Pack
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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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Cardiac ablation question. When do you need it?

Cardiac ablation question. When do you need it?

Recurrent arrhythmia: If one has recurrent fast heart beat or irregular heart beat ( svt, afib etc) and symptomatic, cardiac ablation may be needed if medications could not control the rate and rhythm. ...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?

How many nurses must be present during a cardiac ablation?

Usually one: There is usually one nurse and one or two technicians along with the doctor who is performing the procedure. ...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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What are some possible complications of a cardiac ablation?

What are some possible complications of a cardiac ablation?

Partial List: It depends on the procedure. There are many ablations and the risks are determined by what structures we're near in the procedure. Pain at catheter insertion site bleeding cardiac perforation risk of pacemaker stroke damage to coronary arteries damage to heart valves good news: the risk of major complications is usually < 4%, *often* <1% w/ an excellent md and the risk of dying is usu < 1:1000. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of cardiac ablation?

Short List: Advantages: potential permanent fix no need for lifetime meds (often) feeling of "doing something about it" disadvantages: expensive if you pay in cash carries procedural risks requires time off work (but not much) may require repeat procedure very competent doctor often required to get best results and avoid inadvertent damage. Not all doctors ablate with equal skill (much the same as surgeons). ...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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What type of blood test will they do before having my cardiac ablation?

What type of blood test will they do before having my cardiac ablation?

Simple Stuff: Mostly, they're just looking for risks from the sedation and risks of bleeding. A complete blood count, basic metabolic panel and a coagulation test called an inr are usually about it. If you're a woman, of course, there will be the standard pregnancy test since xray is involved. ...Read more

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Healthy male, Recent Cardiac Ablation still have Palpitations after 2 months ?

Healthy male, Recent Cardiac Ablation still have Palpitations after 2 months ?

Palpitations : When palpitations (the sensation of a rapid or irregular heart beat) are associated with lightheadedness, fainting, shortness of breath or chest pain, they should be evaluated promptly. For a personal review of a complex case, consider an inbox consult on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Will having had serious femoral pseudoaneurysm be a consideration in getting a cardiac ablation for atril fibrilation?

Will having had serious femoral pseudoaneurysm be a consideration in getting a cardiac ablation for     atril fibrilation?

Maybe: If site has healed there should be no problem. If recent thrombin injection or recent surgical repair, access should be gained in other groin. ...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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Can catheter/cardiac ablation ease pvc's?

Can catheter/cardiac ablation ease pvc's?

Ablation: If PVC's are very frequent and cause a lot of symptoms despite medical therapy , ablation might be an option to decrease symptoms or to suppress the PVC that is causing the problem. ...Read more

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How long after a cardiac ablation can you have sex?

Ablation: Ask the ep doc, for ablation in a patient with good cardiac function, fairly rapidly is possible but if the rhythm is a bit unstable after the procedure the ep might prefer the patient wait a variable period before resuming to let lesions heal. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more