Ablation therapy is a complicated business. I was up for ablation therapy once for atrial fib. but declined. You'd be wise to get a second and even a third opinion from cardiologists or electro-pathologists.
Just had catheter ablation for WPW .how long should I be out of action, feel well enough now, 2 days after ablation .BUT was told my ECG was showing abnormal reading .I am waiting to speak to the cardiologist.is it normal to have this sort of reading after the ablation .Regards ,Tina
Catheter ablation is considered a non-surgical technique
Catheter ablation of an irregular heartbeat involves having a tube (a catheter) inserted into the heart.
Atrial fibrillation and flutter and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome are two of the most common disorders treated with catheter ablation.
The technique of catheter ablation (meaning tube-guided removal) is used to interrupt the abnormal contractions in the heart, allowing normal heart beating to resume.
Catheter ablation involves delivering highly focused heat (or radio frequency energy) to specific areas of the heart.
One can find a description of the catheter ablation technique from a number of sources. One such source includes Wikipedia which describes catheter ablation as a procedure to terminate or remove a faulty electrical pathway in a section of a heart. It is intended for those who tend to be prone to developing cardiac arrhythmias.
At the same time as the catheter is inserted, a second electrode is placed on the patient's skin.
swan- ganz catheter
The procedure can last up to and over 4 hours. The skin will be cleaned, a small cut will be made and a catheter will be inserted. A problem area will be located and the catheter used to send electrical energy to the area, destroying the problem.
When the catheter is energized, the body conducts the energy from the catheter's tip, through the heart and to the electrode on the skin's surface, completing the circuit.
Although very little electricity is given off by the catheter, the instrument does generate a large amount of heat.