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Ablation

Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat or cold energy to interrupt the path of abnormal electrical impulses within the heart, which causes arrhythmias. During ablation, a physician inserts a catheter (thin, flexible tube) into a blood vessel. The catheter is guided through the blood vessel to the heart using imaging equipment.

This energy destroys a minuscule amount of heart tissue where the abnormal heartbeat may originate, and the heart returns to normal rhythm. Most patients are able to go home either the same day of treatment or the following day.

Cryoablation is an alternative to ablation. It uses cold energy instead of heat. Ablation is sometimes considered after other therapies such as medication have failed to correct an arrhythmia.

Ablation is often performed as an extension of a diagnostic electrophysiology study during which a physician stimulates the heart to see how the electrical system responds, pinpointing where the heart’s electrical system is abnormal.

Our electrophysiology labs (EP labs), have some of the most advanced technology available. We use computerized 3-dimensional mapping equipment to help guide the procedure and track the location of each ablation that is applied to the heart.

Conditions Treated by Ablation

Ablation is used to treat some arrhythmias, which are abnormal heart rhythms. With an arrhythmia, the heart may not able to pump blood normally. Depending on the type of arrhythmia, this situation can lead to a variety of symptoms, including heart failure, stroke, fainting, or even cardiac arrest.

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Our Team

Electrophysiologists, interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons make up the team of physicians who perform ablation or manage the condition associated with it.

Meet Our Team

Learn more about catheter ablation for arrhythmia in the video below. Learn more about catheter ablation for arrhythmia in the video below. Learn more about catheter ablation for arrhythmia in the video below.

Catheter Ablation for Arrhythmia