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How often do cardiac ablation surgeries result in complications requiring pacemakers implantation?

How often do cardiac ablation surgeries result in complications requiring pacemakers implantation?

It depends: It depends on the ablation type: almost never for wpw, atrial fibrillation/flutter or ventricular tachycardia; 1% or less for avnrt (atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia). In avnrt, there is an extra 'lane' in the av node that conducts electrical impulses leading to tachycardia and the ablation can unintentionally damage the whole av node resulting in heart block and need for pacemaker. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more


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Had a cardiac ablation two weeks ago and now my heart ratee is going from 50 to as high as 130 Could that mean a pacemaker Getting an even monitor?

Had a cardiac ablation two weeks ago and now my heart ratee is going from 50 to as high as 130 Could that mean a pacemaker Getting an even monitor?

Great question!: Since you've already had an ablation, you already have an expert at your disposal to help answer this question - the same doctor who did your procedure. He or she needs to know your symptoms in order to obtain any additional testing, which may well be an event monitor. Call today! ...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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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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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 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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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

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I had a cardiac ablation on 12/17. Can I have a glass of wine dinner?

I had a cardiac ablation on 12/17.  Can I have a glass of wine dinner?

Ablation: This kind of question should be asked of your electrophysiologist. After ablation there are several weeks when arrhythmias may occur while the heart muscle is healing. Your EP doc may not want you to have any alcohol during this time. On the other hand, the answer could be other ...Read more

Implantation (Definition)

One common meaning refers to the process by which an embryo attaches to the uterus of a woman so that she is pregnant. Many think of it as 'sticking.' implantation in humans always occurs when the embryo is between 6-7 days old. A very popular concept on the internet now in 2012, 'implantation bleeding, ' is speculative ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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