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Ablation

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Cardiac ablation is a procedure which is often used to correct heart rhythm problems, also called arrhythmias. During this procedure, catheters are typically used in order to reach the heart and correct any structural problems that may be causing the arrhythmia. During the ablation, tissue inside the heart is scarred or destroyed in order to prevent it from triggering an abnormal heart rhythm. In some cases, ablation prevents abnormal electrical signals from traveling through the heart and thereby stopping the arrhythmia.

Cardiac ablation may be used for people who:

  • Have tried medications to treat an arrhythmia without success
  • Have had serious side effects from medications to treat arrhythmias
  • Have certain types of arrhythmias that respond well to ablation, such as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
  • Have a high risk of complications from their arrhythmia, such as sudden cardiac arrest

Things to Do Before Your Procedure

Before a cardiac ablation, your physician may ask you to stop eating and drinking about eight to 12 hours before the procedure. Be sure to go over any medications you are currently taking with your physician at the initial consultation. Your physician may also give you other special instructions, depending on your specific circumstances.

To learn more or to contact our practice, please call 407.894.4474 to request an appointment.