Cardiac Ablation is the treatment used to treat Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), which is the most common type of Arrhythmia (problems in heart rhythm). In this treatment, the electric activity of the heart is detected by inserting electrodes (small wires) into the heart via catheter and destroying the faulty tissue that is causing an abnormal heartbeat. In some cases, Cardiac Ablation is performed through open-heart surgery, instead of using a catheter.
- Cardioversion and Medications (bringing the heart back to normal beat) fail to treat arrhythmias
- blood clotting or Stroke or any other high-risk complication due to arrhythmia
- Side-effects from medications prescribed to treat abnormal heartbeat
Your doctor will check your medical history – drugs or herbs the patient is taking. The doctor will also check if you are using any blood thinner.
- Your doctor will ask you to take special precautions if you have pacemaker or defibrillator implanted.
- Your doctor will recommend you certain tests to evaluate the condition of the heart and discuss the risk if any.
- Intake of food has to be stopped 6 to 8 hours prior to the procedure.
- After the patient has been given the sedative and the skin of a few considerable areas is cleaned and made numb, the doctor makes a small cut in the skin.
- Through the cut made, a flexible and small tube (Catheter) is inserted into a blood vessel in that area.
- Then the catheter is carefully taken to the heart with the help of guiding X-ray images.
- Small electrodes will be placed in different areas of the heart and then connected to monitors after the catheter has reached its proper position.
- This is performed so that the surgeon can detect the area of the heart which is causing the rhythm problems. There is often more than one such area.
- After having found the problem-causing source, electrical or cold energy is sent to that area, via a catheter line which results in the heart rhythm problem to stop as a scar has been created.
- For around 5 to 6 hours you will be asked to stay in the recovery area. Your heartbeat and blood pressure will be monitored.
- You will see soreness in the chest; however, it will go in 5 to 7 days.
- It might start bleeding – where catheters were put – is made to reduce.
- Depending on your medical condition, you can go home the same day.
- You might face irregular or fast heartbeat, pain in the chest, fatigue, etc. for 2-3 days after the procedure.
Once you are back to your normal life your doctor will recommend certain changes in the lifestyle, especially to ensure that your blood pressure stays in control. Your doctor may recommend you to:
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Manage emotions
- Decrease caffeine intake
- Monitor salt intake
RISK AND COMPLICATIONS
- Damaging the artery where the catheter was put
- bleeding or Blood pooling or infection at the place of insertion of the catheter
- Cardiac Tamponade – outlining of the heart with fluid
- Blood vessels carrying blood to the heart (Coronary arteries) might be damaged
- In some cases, may cause a heart attack
- In rare cases, may cause death
- Damaging the heart valves and/or heart electrical system
- Damaging the kidney, from the dye used during the procedure
- Venous Thromboembolism – Clotting of blood in legs and/or lungs
India is a global destination for affordable cardiac ablation. The country is home to some of the best cardiac surgeons with many successful cardiac surgeries to their credit. Cardiac Ablation may cost you around Rs. 1.8 to 2.25 Lakh INR. Approx duration will be 7-14 days. You can be assured of an extraordinary healthcare package in India along with the latest medical treatments, thus helping you recover faster and enabling you to get back to your life without much delay.
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