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Types of Ablation

Ablation for Ventricular Tachycardia
Ablation for Ventricular Tachycardia

Ventricular tachycardia ablation. Ventricular tachycardia ablation is a procedure to eliminate the areas of the heart where erratic electrical signals arise that can cause your heart to beat ineffectively. Ventricular tachycardia occurs when electrical signals within the lower chambers of your heart (ventricles) cause your heart to beat too quickly.

Ablation of the AV Node
Ablation of the AV Node

AV (atrioventricular) node ablation is a cardiac catheterization procedure to treat atrial fibrillation. Your doctor applies radiofrequency energy (heat) to the pathway connecting the upper chambers (atria) and lower chambers (ventricles) of your heart (AV node) through a catheter.

Alternative Techniques for Atrial Fibrillation Ablation
Alternative Techniques for Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

The study, called FIRE AND ICE, is the largest randomized trial to compare radiofrequency and cryoballoon ablation, two techniques designed to treat atrial fibrillation by disabling small portions of the heart that generate out-of-sync electrical signals.

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Blood Clots
Blood Clots

However, most clots during an ablation come from RF charring. The heat from an RF catheter chars the heart tissue. Some of the char breaks off and becomes a clot. This problem has been minimized over the years by the use of irrigated tip catheters and the administering of heavy-duty anticoagulants like heparin during the ablation. The skill and expertise of the doctor also play an important role. But even in the best of hands, accidents can still happen.

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Catheter Ablation Atrial Fibrillation
Catheter Ablation Atrial Fibrillation

What Is Catheter Ablation? Catheter ablation is a nonsurgical way to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib), a type of irregular heartbeat. It destroys the tissue that may be causing the heartbeat to get off course. This creates scar tissue inside your heart’s chambers. This scar tissue is a good thing.

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Damage to Heart Valves and Coronary Arteries
Damage to Heart Valves and Coronary Arteries

This procedure uses energy to make small scars in your heart tissue. They stop abnormal electrical signals that move through your heart and cause an irregular heartbeat (the doctor might call it arrhythmia). Cardiac ablation can also treat atrial fibrillation , also a type of irregular heartbeat.

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Esophageal Atrial Fistula
Esophageal Atrial Fistula

Atrial-esophageal fistula is a rare but often fatal complication of catheter radiofrequency ablation. Patients occasionally have bacteremia and have been misdiagnosed with endocarditis. Infectious diseases specialists are often consulted and need to be aware of this complication.

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Fluid Around the Heart
Fluid Around the Heart

Pericardial effusion or fluid collection around the heart is a known complication post ablation but in majority it’s self resolving and only in a few it can result in a serious emergency called as pericardial tamponade and this usually happens immediately after the procedure and doesn’t usually happen after some days have passéd off.

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Heart Attack
Heart Attack

Cardiac ablation is a medical procedure for treating arrhythmia, irregular heartbeat, and atrial fibrillation (AFib). Learn more about the types of ablation, the procedures, possible risks and complications, and the recovery process.

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Nerve Damage (e
Nerve Damage (e

The targeted nerves will then be numbed to minimize pain while the lesion is being created. The radiofrequency waves are introduced to heat the tip of the needle and a heat lesion is created on the nerve to disrupt the nerve's ability to send pain signals.

Procedure may not Work
Procedure may not Work

Different types of ablation target different parts of your heart. You may be able to go home the same day, or you may need to stay a night or longer in the hospital. Drugs can treat the AFib and keep your heart at a regular rhythm, but they may cause side effects or stop working. Cardiac ablation might be the next option.

source: webmd.com
Surgical Ablation Atrial Fibrillation
Surgical Ablation Atrial Fibrillation

What Is Catheter Ablation? Catheter ablation is a nonsurgical way to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib), a type of irregular heartbeat. It destroys the tissue that may be causing the heartbeat to get off course. This creates scar tissue inside your heart’s chambers. This scar tissue is a good thing.

source: webmd.com