If you have an arrhythmia that isn’t responding to medication, you could be a candidate for cardiac ablation. At the Arizona Heart Rhythm Center, the heart specialists use on-site diagnostic testing to determine if you qualify for cardiac ablation. They use advanced techniques to perform the procedure and restore your heart’s rhythm. The providers continue to monitor the health of your heart after your ablation to lower your risk of complications. Call the office in Gilbert, Peoria (Sun City), Phoenix, Yuma, or Prescott, Arizona, today to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online.
Cardiac ablation is a procedure to treat conditions that affect your heartbeat. It uses cold or heat energy to create small scars in the heart tissue. These scars block abnormal electrical signals to restore a healthy heart rhythm.
You might be a candidate for a cardiac ablation if you have heart rhythm problems.
In many cases, cardiac ablation is a treatment choice when medication isn’t working or if you’re at high risk for a heart attack or other complications of severe arrhythmia.
During your cardiac ablation, the Arizona Heart Rhythm Center providers insert a catheter into a blood vessel through your groin. They guide the catheter up to your heart. You receive an injection of a dye through the catheter that shows up on an X-ray.
On the tip of the catheter are sensors that send electrical impulses into your heart to record its electrical activity. This helps identify what’s causing your irregular heartbeat.
The providers then use heat or cold energy to create tiny scars in your heart to block abnormal signals that contribute to your irregular heartbeat. During this part of cardiac ablation, it’s normal to feel mild chest discomfort.
The entire procedure takes three to six hours, depending on your arrhythmia. You can expect to spend time in recovery before going home to rest. In some cases, you’ll need to stay overnight in the hospital to ensure that you have no complications from the ablation.
After a cardiac ablation, you could feel sore for about a week. You should be able to resume your usual activities within a few days. But should continue to avoid heavy lifting for at least a week.
Many people notice an improvement in their quality of life after cardiac ablation. If your irregular heartbeat comes back, the Arizona Heart Rhythm Center providers cold suggest another cardiac ablation or some other treatment.
Schedule a consultation today online or by phone at the Arizona Heart Rhythm Center to discuss cardiac ablation.