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Is ablation the only option available for afib? How effective or successful is it?

Is ablation the only option available for afib? How effective or successful is it?

No, Somewhat: No - there are medical therapies and surgical therapies as well. First ablation procedures w/ current technique are generally 50% effective at eliminating either the rhythm or all symptoms of the rhythm. With a touchup procedure, that generally goes up to ~70%. Many electrophysiologists like to claim higher rates, but these numbers reflect the best published data from some very good centers. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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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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Is the aspiration abortion method safe and effective for early pregnancies? How come it is so quick vs. Other surgical methods? Is it fda approved?

Is the aspiration abortion method safe and effective for early pregnancies? How come it is so quick vs. Other surgical methods? Is it fda approved?

I'm not: Sure about a specific "aspiration technique". There are small devices that aspirated and do not require the same amount of anesthesia as a suction d@c. It's gonna be the sterility of where your going but most surgical terminations r done by some form of suction ( aspiration same). ...Read more

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What is considered the most effective acne treatment out there that is suited for me?

What is considered the most effective acne treatment out there that is suited for me?

Best acne treatment: There is no best acne treatment that suits everyone. The type of acne, the age of the patient, pregnancy plans, hormonal status, diet and a number of other factors have to be considered. Is acne scarring? Is there a possibility of a yeast folliculitis or rosacea? All of these factors have to be accounted for. Please see a dermatologist for treatment that is suited to your particular situation. ...Read more

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How safe and effective is nasal irrigation for treating allergies? Is it worth the cost? Which method is best?

How safe and effective is nasal irrigation for treating allergies? Is it worth the cost? Which method is best?

Very!: It is a great first line treatment for not only allergies but any inflammation of your sinus. As long as you don't use tap water (use distilled water). It is usually very vost effective. Any of the system you find over the counter are good. I like neilmed sinus rinse. ...Read more

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Is it true that phlebotomy is the recommended or effective treatment for hemochromatosis?

Is it true that phlebotomy is the recommended or effective treatment for hemochromatosis?

In some cases.: Phlebotomy is the first-line treatment for primary hemochromatosis, a genetic defect that makes a person absorb too much iron(hereditary hemochromatosis). It can prolong life expectancy, prevent complications, and relieve some but not all symptoms. Secondary hemochromatosis, which results from repeated blood transfusions, some anemias, or excessive iron therapy, is usually treated w/ iron chelators. ...Read more

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What is recovery like for the utereroscopy procedure? Is it painful considering there is a stent in place? How effective is it in removing the stones?

What is recovery like for the utereroscopy procedure? Is it painful considering there is a stent in place? How effective is it in removing the stones?

Pain can last: The pain from irritation clotted blood and spasm can be just as painful as the stone itself. Drink plenty of fluid. Some patients need to return to the ER for Pain control. ...Read more

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What is the best cure for asthma or at least an effective one?

Treat the cause: If your kind of asthma is the allergic type, treating the allergies with allergen desensitization should provide you with the best long term relief for your asthma. There is no cure for asthma, unfortunately. ...Read more

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Proficient 5000 injection used for what purposes? Is it safe for a woman who is trying for pregnancy? What is the generic name of that injection?

Proficient 5000 injection used for what purposes? Is it safe for a woman who is trying for pregnancy? What is the generic name of that injection?

Proficient 5000: and other forms of injectable human chorionic gonadatropin (HCG) are used to help a mature follicle release an egg (ovum), in other words, to trigger ovulation. It's safe for a woman who's trying to get pregnant but, used alone, it might not be effective. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Is daflon a safe and affective option for hemorrhoid treatment? Where (in the usa) and what brand is recommended if so?

Is daflon a safe and affective option for hemorrhoid treatment? Where (in the usa) and what brand is recommended if so?

For minor hemorrhoid: It depends on the grade that you have. For early stages it may help (i and ii).Otherwise, a more radical alternative is needed. ...Read more

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What chemotherapy protocol is effective for recurrent PCNSL? Is ESHAP and/or ICE a good option is MTX cannot be tolerated and WBRT already done?

What chemotherapy protocol is effective for recurrent PCNSL? Is ESHAP and/or ICE a good option is MTX cannot be tolerated and WBRT already done?

PCNSL: The initial treatment for primary central nervous system lymphoma is methotexate and whole brain irradiation. The optimal treatment for this disease is unknown. There is much variation in clinical practice. Other agents used include Rituximab, procarbazine, vincristine, cytarabine, iosfamide in various combinations. All have some effect but all have toxicity. You need an oncology center. ...Read more

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How much is the average cost for varicocele embolization ? And is it an effective way to treat compared to a surgery ?

How much is the average cost for varicocele embolization ? And is it an effective way to treat compared to a surgery ?

Varicocele: Costs varies from hospital to hospital and from doctor to doctor. It is an effective way to treat varicocele but I do not believe there any studies comparing results and outcomes. ...Read more

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What is considered the most effective 'cure' or 'treatment' for a cold?

What is considered the most effective 'cure' or 'treatment' for a cold?

Heals without cure: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Is the new procedure amor vie safe and effective? What is the best way to start such a treatment?

Is the new procedure amor vie safe and effective?  What is the best way to start such a treatment?

Caution...: Amor vie makers claim to be "safer" than hormones used in the whi study as they are bioidentical. This claim is dangerous and not founded by fact. Hrt can be safely administered by a licensed healthcare provider, but caution must be advised. Any type of HRT can increase the risk of breast cancer, stroke, and heart attack among others. The lowest most effective dose for 5-7 yrs is recommended. ...Read more

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How common is it to have a successful catheter ablation procedure?

How common is it to have a successful catheter ablation procedure?

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 more

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What is the latest treatment for tinnitus and how effective is it?

What is the latest treatment for tinnitus and how effective is it?

?: I am not aware of any "latest treatment" for tinnitus. It is a very difficult disorder to deal with because we don't have any definitive treatments. There are an assortment of natural, alternative and medical remedies available that could help bring some relief. Tinnitus retraining therapy as been shown to be a very effective program for the management of that irritating sound in the ears. ...Read more

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Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

A heart condition, in which the electrical activity of the heart is abnormal. This abnormal electrical signal causes the heart muscle to contract when it is not supposed to and thus blood is ...Read more


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