What is Cardiac Ablation?
Cardiac ablation uses energy to make small scars in your heart tissue. These scars help stop abnormal electrical signals that move through your heart and cause an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Cardiac ablation can also treat atrial fibrillation (a-fib). Your cardiologist may recommend an ablation if medications or other procedures, such as a cardioversion, don’t resolve your arrhythmia.
There are 2 types of cardiac ablation:
- Radiofrequency ablation: Uses catheters to send radiofrequency energy (similar to microwave heat) that creates circular scars around each vein or group of veins.
- Cryoablation: A single catheter sends a
balloon tippedwith a substance that freezes the tissues to cause a scar.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are The Benefits of Cardiac Ablation?
Cardiac Ablation can be successful in treating many types of irregualr heart rhythms. Many patients no loger require medication like blood thinners after a successful ablation.
What will my recovery time be like?
You may need to spend a night in the hospital, but most people go home the same day. If so, you’ll rest in a recovery room for a few hours while a nurse closely watches your heart rate.
What preparation should I do beforehand?
Your cardiologist will provide you with instructions to follow before your procedure.
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Prairie Cardiovascular is a provider of cardiovascular health care and treatments in multiple locations throughout central Illinois. Our organization provides the best cardiologists in the state, with renowned surgical precision and professional advice on heart-related concerns. We test and medically treat for all common heart symptoms such as chest pains, hypertension, high blood pressure, murmurs, palpitations, high cholesterol, and disease. We have several locations including major cities such as Decatur, O'Fallon, and Springfield.