Catheter ablation is a medical procedure used to treat abnormal heart rhythm. This procedure destroys small areas of tissues that may be causing your abnormal heart rhythms. Catheter ablation is usually recommended for people with arrhythmias which cannot be controlled by medications. It usually takes 2-4 hours for the procedure.
- The procedure is done using general anaesthesia.
- An incision will be made in your groin area and three or four catheters will be placed through it.
- The catheters will be directed to your heart through blood vessels.
- The electrodes at the end of the catheters are used to stimulate your heart and locate the area that is causing the abnormal heart rhythm.
- After which, mild radio frequency heat energy is used to destroy the area that is causing the abnormal rhythms.
- The guide wires and catheters are then removed from your chest.
- Reduced signs and symptoms of abnormal heart rhythm
- Improves the quality of your life
- Bleeding or infection at the site of catheter insertion
- Blood clots
- Damage to kidneys
- Damage to heart valves
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