What is catheter ablation?
Catheter ablation is a common and effective procedure to treat abnormal electrical impulses that cause heart rhythm problems. In this case, the abnormal heart rhythm is known as atrial fibrillation.
The GenesisCare cardiologists that perform catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation are highly trained and experienced in this procedure.
Why would you need catheter ablation?
Catheter ablation is mainly used for people who still have episodes of atrial fibrillation, despite taking medication to try and control it. It is also for people who can’t take atrial fibrillation medication because of side effects.
Because no one is the same
We know from our experience that better care means treating you as a person, not a disease. As a result, your GenesisCare team tailor your treatment and procedure for your specific needs.
The care you get is always based on the latest we know. You’ll always benefit from us bringing improvement to what we do, every day. Here’s a general overview of what you can expect.
- You’ll normally have some form of anaesthesia, either conscious sedation or general anaesthesia depending on your circumstances.
- Small incisions are made in your groin area.
- Your cardiologist will carefully guide some catheters through your veins and into your heart.
- Abnormal electrical impulses which are causing atrial fibrillation are then precisely targeted and eliminated.
- At the completion of the procedure, pressure will be applied to seal the incisions.
- You’ll generally be discharged from hospital the morning after.
Who would say no to better care?
At GenesisCare, your treatment is only undertaken by cardiologists whose primary focus is your well-being. That’s why every effort is made to minimise any risk. Should any complications occur, emergency equipment is readily available to help.
Back to normal activities after a week. Impossible?
No-one likes being a patient. And we know life doesn’t stop when you’re going through heart treatment. Which is why we’ll do everything to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
Generally, you’ll want to avoid lifting anything heavy, but after catheter ablation most people are back to their normal routine after a week.