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Cardiac ablation can be a solution for an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (afib). In afib, rapid, irregular electrical impulses cause the heart to beat inefficiently, increasing the risk for heart attack and stroke. This minimally invasive procedure can disable cells that are conducting the abnormal impulses, and restore normal heart rhythm. Both types - cryoablation and radiofrequency ablation - use a probe and small catheter (tube) to target the abnormal tissue.
At Centennial Heart, we also offer pressure-sensitive catheter ablation, multi-electrode ablation and multiple afib ablation procedures. Along with comprehensive, personalized education for each procedure we provide referrals for MAZE & Mini-Maze surgery if you require a surgical ablation. We work together to create your care plan.
How it works:
- You will be given a sedative and a local anesthetic will numb the area where your doctor will make a small incision.
- Your doctor will insert a small tube (about the size of a pencil) through the artery to the site of the disturbance in the heart.
- The probe will create scar tissue in the abnormal area, eliminating the electrical impulses.
- Your doctor will test the area to ensure that regular heart rhythm is restored.