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What Is Atrial Fibrillation Ablation
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness ...Read more
What is the success rate for the "firm" procedure for atrial fibrillation and are there any additional risks having it done over a normal ablation
Alternate technique: My understanding is that FIRM (focal impulse and rotor modulation) ablation is, perhaps, a more advanced ablation system using a very sophisticated catheter that, purportedly, maps locations/rotors that seemingly could trigger & sustain AF. Success up to 80% in controlling AF for 2 years is reported, better than with standard ablation. Risks should be similar. Careful case selection is important! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Definitive Control: We don't generally do this with surgery, but rather with a "catheter" based procedure (wire we thread into the heart that cauterizes the av node). This procedure provides complete control of the heart rate in the lower chamber and excellent symptom control, but makes people dependent on the pacemaker that *must* be implanted with this procedure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a number one doctor-recommended reference source to know more about ablation of atrial fibrillation?
How safe is a cardiac ablation? Will it help to cure atrial fibrillation? If it does, will I have to continue taking medication
Usually safe: Although many serious complications can occur during an ablation, when performed by a skilled physician with plenty if experience in a good hospital it is usually very safe. When successful an ablation may allow a patient to come off medications prescribed for the arrhythmia which was ablated. Atrial fibrillation is an arrhythmia which can be cured with ablation. ...Read more
I understand that atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia. Is ablation used to treat only afib or other arrhythmia conditions?
Why would I be completely be dependent on my pacemaker if I have the AV node ablation Such as SVT are atrial fibrillation?
Electricity : The heart is a house with 2 chambers upstairs (atria) and 2 chambers downstairs (ventrical). The electricity to the downstairs chambers comes from the upstairs chamber. The connecting point between the tow floors is called AV node. If you cut this AV node, the lower chambers will not have electricity to work, so u need to provide the lower chamb with anther source of electricity, that is pacemaker ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
O've had two heart surgeries as a child and had an ablation for atrial fibrillation. How often should I see my cardiologist?
Visit returns: Frequency for re checks really depends on the problem(s) and the symptoms. Not knowing what your surgeries were or the success of the ablation it is hard to say. If all has been repaired and no symptoms and sinus rhythm are stable, then yearly visits would likely be fine. If you're having problems, then they would dictate the frequency of return visits. ...Read more
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