What does ablation therapy do?

What does ablation therapy do?

Ablation is a procedure to treat atrial fibrillation. It uses small burns or freezes to cause some scarring on the inside of the heart to help break up the electrical signals that cause irregular heartbeats. This can help the heart maintain a normal heart rhythm.

How long does it take to recover from a cardiac ablation?

Common Symptoms After Ablation The ablated (or destroyed) areas of tissue inside your heart may take up to eight weeks to heal. You may still have arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) during the first few weeks after your ablation. During this time, you may need anti-arrhythmic medications or other treatment.

Is cardiac ablation serious?

Catheter ablation is thought to be safe. It has some serious risks, such as stroke, but they are rare. If you take a blood-thinning medicine to prevent stroke, you will continue to take it after an ablation.

How successful is ablation therapy?

When the procedure is repeated in patients who still have atrial fibrillation after the first procedure, the overall success rate is approximately 85-90 percent. Persistent atrial fibrillation can be eliminated in approximately 50 percent of patients with a single procedure.

How long to recover from heart ablation?

It is said that recovery after ablation therapy can take about one to two weeks. However, since this technique is relatively new, many cardiologists suggest that recovery can take up to four weeks, with symptoms of premature atrial contractions occurring on and off.

What can I expect after the cardiac ablation?

You may feel a little sore after your procedure, but the soreness shouldn’t last more than a week. You’ll usually be able to return to your normal activities within a few days after having cardiac ablation. Although cardiac ablation can be successful, some people need repeat procedures.

How dangerous is heart ablation?

With cardiac ablation, there can be risks associated with bleeding at the site where the catheter is inserted. The catheter can sometimes damage blood vessels as well. Other risks are a heart puncture and blood clots, which can cause a stroke or heart attack.

What are alternatives to a cardiac ablation?

Catheter Ablation and Alternatives Traditional Catheteer Ablation. Radiofrequency catheter ablation used a heating technology to destroy part of the heart muscle containing the electrical pathways that cause arrhythmias. Epicardial Catheter Ablation. Mini-Maze Procedure.

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