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Cardiac Ablation

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about cardiac ablation?

A cardiac ablation is a procedure to treat an arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm. Your heart rhythm is controlled by electrical pathways in your heart. During cardiac ablation, energy is sent to the area of your heart that has an electrical problem. The energy causes a tiny area of the heart muscle to scar. This stops the electrical problem and allows your heart to beat regularly.

How do I get ready for cardiac ablation?

What will happen during cardiac ablation?

What should I expect after cardiac ablation?

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. Healthcare providers will monitor you closely for any problems. They will check the catheter insertion site regularly for bleeding. You will also have EKG monitoring done to check your heart rate and rhythm. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay.

What are the risks of cardiac ablation?

The catheter may cause bleeding around your heart, or damage your esophagus, stomach, or nerves. The veins that carry blood from your lungs to your heart could become narrowed. You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. You may develop a life-threatening blood clot. Even with treatment, your heart rhythm problem may come back, or you may need another procedure.

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