This is a procedure is a catheter ablation that uses radiofrequency energy, much like microwave energy, to destroy a small section of heart tissue that is causing the rapid heartbeats helping restore the heart’s natural rhythm. This procedure is recommended when medications have not been effective in controlling the condition.
Medicines can work very effectively in many patients to control the tissues that are causing the rapid heart beat. Catheter ablation destroys the tissue that is causing the condition. Ablation is a low risk procedure and is successful on most patients.
There are few risks with this procedure. Few problems occur and those that do experience issues occur due to the catheter that is inserted into the veins or arteries. These problems are extremely rare.
To prepare for your procedure:
- Inform your doctor of any and all medicines you take, including over the counter medications.
- Do not to eat or drink anything for at least 6 to 8 hours before the procedure
- Don’t stop taking your medications unless directed by your doctor
- Leave all your jewelry at home
- You will want to arrange for someone to drive you home
Home after care
- Don’t drive for 24 hours after you get home
- No alcohol for 24 hours after you get home
- Avoid heavy physical activity for three days
- A small bruise at the puncture site is normal.
- If the site starts to bleed, lie flat and press firmly on top of it. Have someone call the doctor or hospital.
- Ask your physician when it is safe to return to strenuous physical activity or exercise