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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ablation: usually not more then few daysGet a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will having had serious femoral pseudoaneurysm be a consideration in getting a cardiac ablation for atril fibrilation?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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