Catheter ablation is a common procedure which Dr Begley carries out regularly and with a qualified and experienced team. Preparing for the procedure needn’t be a worry and here we’re looking at the process, how to prepare and what will happen during the ablation.
Preparing for Having an Ablation
You may have several scans such as ECGs and X-Rays before your procedure. You may also need blood tests and others on the day of the procedure. This should only be if you haven’t had them done in advance. In most cases you will be nil by mouth from midnight on the day of the procedure.
If you take any medications, you will discuss these in advance as you may need to stop taking them before the procedure.
What to Expect During Catheter Ablation
Catheter ablation is performed under anaesthetic or sedation. You will receive fluids and necessary meditation via an intravenous line in your arm throughout the procedure and the site where the ablation catheters are instead will also have a local anaesthetic applied. Usually the major blood vessel in the groin is used for the process.
The catheters will then be passed through the blood vessel to the left atrium. This is used to monitor and map abnormal electrical activity in the heart tissue. The targeted area will be located and then the catheter can be used to isolate and destroy the abnormal tissue. The catheters will then be removed and pressure will be applied to limit bleeding at the insertion site.
Recovery after Having an Ablation
Most patients stay overnight for observation. The heart rhythms require monitoring to ensure no abnormal activity remains. Some patients report soreness to the chest and bruising around the insertion site, but this tends to be minimal. You may want to limit your activity for a few days when you return home but you can discuss this before discharge for a better understanding of what’s best in your individual case.
Catheter ablation can cure many heart rhythm problems and allow many to return to their regular lives with ease. You can contact Dr Begley’s secretary directly to discuss treatment for any heart problems.