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

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

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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?

Cardiac ablation question. When do you need it?

When you...: Generally, these three answers suffice: when you don't want to take meds forever when the symptoms aren't sufficiently better with meds when the condition (such as typical atrial flutter) is eminently treatable with minimal risk. ...Read more

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How many nurses must be present during a cardiac ablation?

Zero: But generally speaking, we recommend at least two. One is generally recording and the other is assisting the electrophysiologist. ...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 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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What are treatments for cardiac ablation ?

What are treatments for cardiac ablation ?

Invasive treatment: When simple, medical measures fail and for certain heart rhythm disorders, there are invasive electrical mapping and treatments to eliminate abnormal heart rhythms which can next be considered. ...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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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Cardiac (Definition)

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