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Doctor insights on: Heart Ablation After Effects

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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Who gets heart ablation?

Who gets heart ablation?

Ablation: It I a complicated affair. It is usually reserved for intractable dysrrythmias. Intermittant vt. Is one important aspect of it. ...Read more

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What is ablation of the heart and is it harmful?

What is ablation of the heart and is it harmful?

Ablation: Is use of high radio frequency catheter based technique to cure heart arrythmias. It has a low complication rate. ...Read more

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Is nausea normal after heart ablation?

Is nausea normal after heart ablation?

Nausea: Cardiac ablation itself doesn't cause nausea. Some drugs given during ablation could cause nausea but not lasting, should discuss with the drs. Caring for the patient. ...Read more

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Is cleveland clinic a good place yo go for a heart ablation procedute?

Is cleveland clinic a good place yo go for a heart ablation procedute?

Yes: Cleveland and mayo clinic. Any cardiovascular center with cardiologist specialized in electrophysiology. Experience very important. Ask about how many cases they do per week and per year. If possible talk to patients and their experience at that center. ...Read more

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If in the heart there is a blockage (clogging), whether ablation may be done? Or not? Thankyou

If in the heart there is a blockage (clogging), whether ablation may be done? Or not? Thankyou

Unrelated: If you have blockage, it can be treated with angioplasty (balloon dilation and stenting). If you have paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation on Tambocor, (flecainide) it can be treated with ablation. They are separate issues. Blockage is not a contraindication to ablation. ...Read more

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I had an ablation (2010) when my heart rhythm was fluttering. I woke up this morning and my heart was fluttering again. I'm really scared.

I had an ablation (2010) when my heart rhythm was fluttering. I woke up this morning and my heart was fluttering again. I'm really scared.

Ablation: Don't be scared. Do contact your cardiologist or electrophysiologist and have the symptoms evaluated. If your arrhythmia has returned, they will be able to advise you and treat it as is appropriate. ...Read more

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I had a heart ablation 9 weeks ago! I have been having shoulder pain for the last 4 nights. I was wondering if this is part of the ablasion?

I had a heart ablation 9 weeks ago! I have been having shoulder pain for the last 4 nights. I was wondering if this is part of the ablasion?

More details please: It is unlikely but possible depending on the extent of the ablation, zone of the ablation. There is always risk of a possible damage and perforation to ablated site which can present with a variety of symptoms.

In your case it has been quite some time and chances are it is not related. Is it only when you sleep? WHen exercising? Can you describe the pain ...Read more

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What is heart ablation?

What is heart ablation?

RFA: By this, I assume you mean radiofrequency ablation or rfa procedures. These are highly specialized electrophysiology procedures used to treat specific heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias). It is carried out much in the same way as a heart catheterization except the heart's electrical activity is mapped and abnormal rhythms are treated with radiofrequency energy through special catheters. ...Read more

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What are risks of heart ablation?

Ask your doctor: Really and truly, if you're having this or any other procedure, then your doctor should and hopefully will explain the indications, benefits, risk and alternatives to you. However, ablation's risks are bleeding, infection, cardiac rupture, heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrhythmias which can be benign, but could also lead to death. Bad outcomes are very uncommon however. ...Read more

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What is an ablation of the heart and what does it mean?

What is an ablation of the heart and what does it mean?

Destroy problem area: In some cases, an area of the heart can cause dangerous or uncomfortable irregularity of the heartbeat. A special wire is used to destroy the offending area hopefully curing the problem. ...Read more

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What are the after-effects of heart disease?

What are the after-effects of heart disease?

Heart disease: This depends totally on the individual concerning what type of heart disease, and how much damage has occurred with the heart disease. Any one with suspected or know heart disease should have regular visits with their doctor who will individualize diagnosis and treatment and tell the patient what to expect in the future. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heart cath and ablation?

What is the difference between a heart cath and ablation?

Plumbing vs electric: Heart cath or angiogram is the procedure where the cardiologist injects the dye into arteries of the heart and looks at x ray images. Sometimes does balloon to dilate and/ or put in a stent. Heart ablation is electrophysiology procedure of breaking the electrical circuit of the heart to treat heart rhythm problems. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your heart to heal after an ablation?

How long does it take for your heart to heal after an ablation?

Ablation: While gross healing is within a week or so, it usually takes six weeks or more for rhythm to settle down. ...Read more

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Had two ablation heart rate was 180's now heart rate in 30-40's what causes this?

Had two ablation heart rate was 180's now heart rate in 30-40's what causes this?

Junctional rhythm: Please see your cardiologist your new pacemaker may be dominated by the AV node leading to this bradycardia. It may be accentuated by your medications, such as beta blockers. Pacing may be indicated including a pacemaker if you are symptomatic you should actually go to the ER immediately. Your blood pressure and other vital signs needed ASAP. Call your cardiologist ASAP if stable, ER if symptoms ...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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What is the procedure for heart ablation things I should worry about I need to know prior to surgery? Steve

What is the procedure for heart ablation things I should worry about I need to know prior to surgery? Steve

Must know risks, etc: Any invasive body procedure must, by law, be discussed with you beforehand. U need to know what u have, what the procedure will hopefully correct, how often the procedure does not work, what are the potential risks (including fataliities). There are a number of indications for ablation, most common atrial fibrillation. It involves cutting nerve fibers in specific areas of heart. Informed consent. ...Read more

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What does scarring on heart mean husband had ablation, dr said a lot of scarring on heart what is prognosis for that

What does scarring on heart mean husband had ablation, dr said a lot of scarring on heart what is prognosis for that

Difficult to say: Ablation intentionally creates scar tissue to destroy abnormal electrical pathways that may cause alterations or disturbances in heart rhythm. In this case scar is desireable. In the context of what your physicians said, it may mean scar tissue from possilbe previous infarction which is less desireable. Depending on extent, wall motion & subsequent electrical patterns, it is difficult to prognose. ...Read more

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How to deal with skipping heart beats after an ablation?

How to deal with skipping heart beats after an ablation?

Repeat the Monitor: For the first 3 months after an atrial fibrillation ablation, you get a free pass. Don't worry about it until afterward. For other procedures, if it's still a problem a few weeks out from the procedure, i'd usually repeat an event or holter monitor to see what's going on. Sorry to hear it didn't get resolved on the first shot. Bear with them; it happens to the best. ...Read more

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What is the after effect of ablation of the heart due to a palpitation?

What is the after effect of ablation of the heart due to a palpitation?

Improvement maybe: If the procedure is successful, the palpitations will not recur. Of course, if the procedure is not a success, the symptoms will recur. Then there are compkications such as stroke, tamponade (bleeding into the sac around the heart), and injury to blood vessels which may cause bleeding and may require surgical repair. ...Read more

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Better use medtronic adapta or advisa, for paroximal AF patient? I had heart ablation n it was failed, I'm still on AF

Better use medtronic adapta or advisa, for paroximal AF patient? I had heart ablation n it was failed, I'm still on AF

Neither.: Neither Adapta nor Advisa is really an atrial fibrillation treatment device, just "overdrive" atrial pacing, which reduces a. fib. Burden. You may want a defibrillator which treats a. fib. Like the Evira ICD which can deliver a low grade 50 Hz jolt (you won't feel) or even a shock in the middle of the night, which you will feel, but will get you out of a. fib. Or consider another ablation. ...Read more

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What heart condition which make ablation AF Not be performed?

What heart condition which make ablation AF Not be performed?

Permanent AF: Ablation is rarely effective over the long term for permanent atrial fibrillation and therefore is rarely used for this. Also, AF with no symptoms should not be treated with ablation. I see you take Tambocor (flecainide). If it's partially but not completely effective, you would be a good candidate for ablation. ...Read more

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I had a heart ablation 1/9/2013. How long before I can excerise?

I had a heart ablation 1/9/2013. How long before I can excerise?

Do That Now: Get out your gym playlists because you're good to go. Once the groin sites have healed up, there should be no particular reason to avoid exercise. Either the ablation worked and the arrhythmia is cured, or it didn't and you have a chance of seeing it again. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had a heart ablation why would I be having pains in the top of my heart?

Ablation: If you are having chest pains in a time frame close to the ablation procedure you should consult your EP doctor and be evaluated. If the ablation was a long time ago then see your Dr. To find out if the pains have any meaning. ...Read more

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I had an ablation done 2 months on my heart & for the past 2 weeks I feel the way I did before my procedure is this normal?

I had an ablation done 2 months on my heart & for the past 2 weeks I feel the way I did before my procedure is this normal?

See your EP: While ablations are often curative there can be recurrence (incomplete ablation) or other arrythmias present not previously appreciated. Talk to your electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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How long does it take the heart to heal after a catheter ablation for svt?

How long does it take the heart to heal after a catheter ablation for svt?

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 more