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Catheter Ablation For Afib
Ablation from latin means destruction. Most commonly this is applied to cardiac procedures with the goal of preventing recurrent cardiac arrythmias such as atrial fibrillation of flutter. A catheter in introduced via the venous circulation and electrophysiologic studies are performed to precise the site of the focus of electrical disturbance which is then ablated by ...Read more
For young (<60), asymptomatic, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation patients on NOACs with LVH, should the patient seek out catheter ablation for treatment?
Depends: on left atrial size and function, frequency. Ablation is a big deal and frequently unsuccessful. I would try to suppress with a beta blocker like Bystolic, get magnesium level to 2.1-2.4, potassium to 4.1-4.5, stay off stimulants/alcohol, use hawthorne berry, avoid many other supplements, get general labs checked. Why the LVH? HRS, MD, FACC. www.thepmc.org ...Read more
See below: Ablation from latin means destruction. Most commonly this is applied to cardiac procedures with the goal of preventing recurrent cardiac arrythmias such as atrial fibrillation of flutter. A catheter in introduced via the venous circulation and electrophysiologic studies are performed to precise the site of the focus of electrical disturbance which is then ablated by a strong electrical current. ...Read more
Very effectively.: The supraventricular tachycardia is a short-circuit of the normal heart conduction pathways. Usually there is a small area that, if removed, would Prohibit the circuit from conducting and therefore block the svt. The catheter tip generates rf energy to scar the heart tissue in a small area, which prevents it from conducting electricity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Probably just...: Do you mean catheter removal? If so, why did you have catheter in the urethra? If the reason for indwelling catheter is for significant surgery on the urethra and prostate, it is a good idea to refrain from sexual act until the surgical site inside the urethra heals. For detailed general and specific counseling for your concern, please go to see, talk, and work with your urologist. Best wish... ...Read more
It Varies: In general it is very low risk. There are different types of ablations with varying degrees of risk. Atrial fibrillation ablation tends to carry some of the highest risk of any catheter ablation. Af ablations have a risk of death of 0.15%. Other ablations, like for svt, would be lower risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Electrophysiologist: what would indicate the need for a substrate catheter ablation for some one who is only a paroxysmal afibber? Thanks
Depends : It all depends on what is driving and or triggering your atrial fibrillation. The standard approach for someone with paroxysmal afib is a pulmonary vein isolation. However, if these patients are put into atrial fibrillation and then ablated with complex fractionated electro gram (CFAE) ablations - sometimes the triggers and substrate for afib are not localized to the region of the pulmonary veins. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It Varies: In general it is very low risk. There are different types of ablations with varying degrees of risk. Atrial fibrillation ablation tends to carry some of the highest risk of any catheter ablation. Af ablations have a risk of death of 0.15%, tamponade 1.3%, pseudoaneursym 0.9%, stroke 0.2%, TIA 0.7%, pv stenosis 0.3, and ae-fistula 0.04%. There is a small risk of pacemaker in some types as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could ya before?: When discharged, unless your instructions say to avoid stairs, then slow steady pace should not interfere with the access site or its clot/scab. Ideally it will have been at least 3 days, if you are on / back on a blood thinner, may want to give it a week to let the repair process get well underway. Any specific q's should be directed to your electrophysiologist. ...Read more
Depends: This is usually not an issue of healing but of getting the right destruction of the right area of the heart. Healing will most likely be completed in a matter of a week but it is not a healing issue. Discuss with your cardiologist/electophysiologist and have a complete understanding prior to the procedure unless done emergently. Monitoring may be in order for a while after the procedure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hi, i just had a catheter ablation procedure 2 days ago and have discovered a small lump near the insertion site in my groin. Any suggestions?
This is common: and represents a small "hematoma" (blood collection) at the site of the puncture...USE SOME Heat to promote re-absorption of the blood. If is doesn't get smaller or resolve completely in a week -10 days get it checked out by your PCP (Primary Care Provider) Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a catheter ablation for WPW on 8/13/13. Yesterday when jogging, the upper left part of my chest was aching. Is this normal after ablation?
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.
When can I lift heavy items (50 lbs) after catheter ablation via the femoral artery? When can I lift slightly heavy items (ex. Weight of desktop pc)?
Ask your doctor: Typically after a procedure involving access via the femoral artery, a 10 pound lifting restriction for 1 week is common. Ask your doctor for specific details on your particular situation, since there may have been unique issues regarding your procedure. ...Read more
Depends: The success rates of ablation procedures depend mostly on the rhythm that is being ablated. For some arrhythmias such as SVT or atrial flutter, long term success rates upwards of 95% are very common. Ablation for atrial fibrillation typically results in 1-2 year AF free rates around 70+%. Sometimes a combination of medication and ablation can improve freedom from arrhythmia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: For the first 1-2 weeks following a catheter ablation, palpitations or a sense that the heart is beating irregularly, is common and are likely secondary to irritation of the heart from the ablation procedure. These symptoms are typically very brief. Symptoms of longer duration may represent recurrence of the arrhythmia for which the ablation was undertaken. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What's the difference between catheter ablation and radiofrequency ablation for treating arrhythmias like svt?
General term: Catheter ablation is a general term referring to elimination of electrical conduction in very specific areas of the heart. Two primary technologies are used to perform catheter ablation. Radiofrequency energy is a rapidly alternating electrical current that generates heat at the point of catheter contact. Cryo ablation uses super cooled nitrogen to freeze at the point of of catheter contact. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long should I feel fatigued after heart ablation. Had second catheter ablation 3months ago. I am a 53 year old male 6'1 180 pounds.?
What Type?: What type of ablation was this? Generally speaking, fatigue is not a side effect of ablation procedures. Some patients expect to feel big (but unrealistic) increases in energy after the procedure and feel comparatively fatigued when they fail to feel more "awake." meds started after the procedure may also lead to fatigue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A catheter is a thin plastic tube that is inserted into the body to obtain fluids/blood or give medicine. So some catheters can be placed in the veins and medicine given directly into the body, IV fluids given or blood sampled. A catheter can be placed in the bladder ...Read more
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