Have you been diagnosed with an Arrhythmia, or heart rhythm problems?
Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institute provides the cardiac ablation procedure for patients in a comfortable setting. Cardiac ablations, or heart ablations, are typically performed to address arrhythmias. A cardiac ablation scars or destroys tissue in the heart to eliminate abnormal heart rhythm. A cardiac ablation prevents abnormal electrical impulses from reaching the heart, therefore distributing the arrhythmia.
Common Types of Arrhythmias:
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Atrial Flutter
- Ventricular Tachycardia
Traditionally an electrophysiologist performing a cardiac ablation would use long, flexible tubes that are inserted through a vein or artery in the groin. These tubes will deliver RF (heat) or Cryo (cold) energy to isolate the abnormal electrical signals. The type of energy delivered is dependent on the kind of abnormal heart rhythm a patient is diagnosed with.
When medication is not effective enough to keep the arrhythmia at bay, a cardiologist may suggest a cardiac ablation. A cardiac ablation is performed to restore the heart to a normal healthy rhythm. Common types of cardiac ablations include:
- Atrial flutter ablation
- Pulmonary vein isolation
- SVT ablation
- Ventricular tachycardia ablation
Stereotaxis: Robotic Magnetic Navigation
At Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institute we are committed to providing our patients with the latest, most innovative technology. As an alternative to traditional ablations procedures, we have introduced the Stereotaxis Robotic Magnetic Navigation System to allow for safer, more effective cardiac ablation procedures.
The Stereotaxis Robotic Magnetic Navigation System allows for more precise, safer, and effective catheter positioning. An electrophysiologist operates two magnets to carefully guide the catheters through the appropriate pathways. With computer guidance and magnetic catheters, electrophysiologist is able to safely and more efficiently perform the traditional ablation procedure. Using the robotic magnetic navigation to perform cardiac ablation reduces the amount of radiation patients are exposed to.
The Stereotaxis Robotic Magnetic Navigation System can be used to address various heart rhythm concerns such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, and tachycardia. Doctors are able to treat a wider range of heart rhythm problems with advanced robotic magnetic navigation.
Cardiac Ablation FAQs
How long does it take to recover from a cardiac ablation?
Recovery time is dependent on your overall health. The initial “shock to the system” is usually experienced with fatigue and chest discomfort for a couple of hours after the procedure. Some patients go home the same day after the procedure, while others stay one night.
Are you put to sleep for cardiac ablation?
You will be given sedation medication through an IV by an anesthesiologist before the procedure. This does not put you completely to sleep. It helps keep you feel comfortable and relaxed. However, depending on which ablation procedure you have, you may be under full general anesthesia.
Is the cardiac ablation process painful?
No. Most patients do not feel pain during this procedure as they are either put under general anesthesia, or conscious IV sedation. You may feel a little discomfort in your chest after the procedure is complete and you are fully recovered from anesthesia.
Visit Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institute
Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institute is a state of the art heart and vascular testing and imaging facility in Dayton, OH. Our team of board-certified cardiologists and physicians are committed to helping each of our patients receive the diagnostic testing and procedures they need to improve their heart and vascular health. We offer a full range of services for patients with heart rhythm problems. To learn more, visit one of our convenient testing and imaging facilities.