Maybe you have just come from the doctor and was told you need a procedure called heart abalation. Your doctor has said to correct your irregular heartbeat the best option is to go ahead and prepare for the procedure. You may be anxious, nervous, upset, and possibly even scared. The goal of this article is to help you understand more about heart abalation, or more correctly heart ablation, so you can be better prepared.
Your doctor has told you the rhythm of your heart is irregular. The term arrhythmia may have been used. In any case the doctor has weighed the options and feels the best option for you is to have the procedure known as heart abaltion. The good news is that heart ablation can be done as an outpatient type procedure in many cases and only a night hospital stay in most of the others.
The surgery, if you will, is much less invasive than open heart surgery. The risks are certainly less than open heart surgery and recovery much quicker. The heart ablation procedure uses a catheter inserted into a vein in the groin or neck area. The thin wire catheter is maneuvered skillfully through the artery by the doctor, until it reaches the heart.
Once at the heart, the catheter will be guided to the trouble area or areas on the heart using xray and other means, so the doctor can “see” what is going on. The troubled area will then be scarred using one of three methods, which will allow the electrical impulses of the heart to travel more normally.
The time for the surgery is from 3 to 6 hours. Those who are healthy enough can go home the same day. Others may have to spend the night for observation. The recovery process takes a week or so and will allow you to get back to your normal activities rather quickly.
Talk to you doctor and get all your questions answered. Have confidence that the decision you are making is the correct one for you. This confidence will go along way in the success of the heart ablation and in speeding up your recovery. The saying goes something like knowledge equals power so get all the knowledge you can about your heart abalation–ablation.