Ablation is a medical procedure used to correct certain heart rhythm problems such as atrial fibrillation.

What is ablation?

Ablation is the use of heat (radiofrequency energy) or cold (cryo-ablation) to create burn lines that control the abnormal electrical activity. This is done by a specialized cardiologist.

Ablation is used to correct certain heart rhythm problems such as atrial fibrillation.

The ablation procedure takes from two to four hours. It is generally done while the patient is asleep under general anesthetic. It is done as a day procedure and most people go home the same day.

Who should have an ablation?

Generally the first treatment for atrial fibrillation is medication. If these medications are ineffective or cause side effects, your doctor may send you to an electrophysiologist, a specialist in heart rhythm problems. The electrophysiologist will decide if ablation is the right treatment for you.

Resources

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