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What are the advantages and disadvantages of cardiac ablation?

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 more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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Cardiac ablation question. When do you need it?

Recurrent arrhythmia: If one has recurrent fast heart beat or irregular heart beat ( svt, afib etc) and symptomatic, cardiac ablation may be needed if medications could not control the rate and rhythm. ...Read more

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What can I expect when going in for a cardiac ablation?

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

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How many nurses must be present during a cardiac ablation?

How many nurses must be present during a cardiac ablation?

Usually one: There is usually one nurse and one or two technicians along with the doctor who is performing the procedure. ...Read more

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Has anyone had success with the cardiac ablation procedure?

Has anyone had success with the cardiac ablation procedure?

Lots: Cardiac ablations are highly successful procedures to help manage and sometimes cure cardiac dysrhythmias. The key is to find a really good ep doc. ...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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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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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more