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Can a person have cardiac ablation for a fib and VT during the same procedure?

Possible but unusual. Anything is possible but AF ablation is performed in the left atrium while VT is usually provoked by stimulation of the ventricle so it would be unusual. Let me say this: if there's any place and any personnel in the WORLD well equipped to handle VT safely, it's an EP lab! Read more...

Can cardiac ablation for atrial fibrillation cause damage to the coronary arteries close to the ablation site

Yes but it's rare. The coronary arteries, most specifically a branch of the left circumflex artery run directly beneath a structure called the left atrial appendage. Ablation in that region, or just behind it puts rf energy near that artery. However, the artery has very high flow (relatively speaking) and is thus protected from damage the majority of the time. Read more...

I have recently started experiencing numbness on my outer left thigh. If left untreated, will meralgia paresthetica cause any damage?

Neuromuscular. The worst meralgia paresthetica could get is permanent numbness and neuropathic pain in the lateral thigh. This is commonly seen after sudden drastic changes in weight (gain or loss). Most of the time is self limited and improves over time. We recommend madications like lyrica, (pregabalin) gabapentin, Cymbalta or Amitriptyline for severe pain only as the recovery occurs regardless. Read more...

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 need to undergo cardiac ablation to treat my atrial fibrillation, how do I select a doctor?

Electrophysiologist. A subspecialty of cardiology is specially trained and certified to perform this procedure. Have your pcp refer to you to one near you with the proper training and experience. Read more...
Eectrophysiologist. I agree that an electrophysiologist wil provide the best information regarding catheter ablation. It is important to ask questions regarding outcomes and success rates. I would recommend a university setting for this type of ablation that will provide the best staff as well as equipment. Read more...
It's Tough. Finding the most competent doctor in your area can be extremely difficult. Send me a message and i'll get you a name or two of some nationally recognized people not too far away. Read more...

Is any specific diet or multivitamin medicine meralgia paresthetica (nerve problem in out ER thigh)?

Self limited. No medication. This is a self limited problem. Usually goes away without much intervention. Avoid tight garments and lose weight if this is part of your problem. If it persists beyond a few months or gets really painful see your doc to consider meds. Read more...
Yes and No. There are no specific diets or multivitamins for entrapment of the lateral femoral subcutaneous nerve. Avoid tight pants that pinch and maybe lose weight. In the meantime, take a stiff brush (like a foot brush) and lightly brush the SKIN lightly at the site of pain and the surrounding 6 inches of skin Use and up and down motion. DO NOT brush deep or scratch the skin. Do this for 3 minutes 3 times. Read more...