Every beat of your heart is triggered by an electrical impulse. This impulse starts in one section of your heart and travels to the rest. But sometimes, this impulse travels the wrong way, which can cause heart rhythm problems like palpitations—also known as arrhythmia.
Sometimes, an arrhythmia can be treated with medication. Other times, it’s treated with catheter ablation. This is a procedure where an electrophysiologist creates tiny scars on a few cells in the heart to form a roadblock for the electricity, forcing the impulses to travel the correct path.
Catheter ablation can often cure an arrhythmia completely, so patients no longer have any symptoms or need medications.
At UR Medicine, catheter ablation is used to treat many rhythm problems. For instance, a condition called atrial fibrillation, which causes a fluttering sensation in the heart’s upper chambers. Another condition where this procedure is used is ventricular tachycardia, a rapid heartbeat in the lower chambers of the heart that can be life threatening.
If you receive a catheter ablation, it will be performed in the Electrophysiology Lab at UR Medicine.
This procedure typically takes 3-6 hours. Afterward, you’ll spend several hours in our recovery area. Most patients who have ablation procedures go home the same day but, some may need to stay overnight in the hospital.
Your doctor will talk with you at length about the risks of this procedure. However, some main risks include:
At UR Medicine, our team of doctors led research that changed the way heart rhythm disorders are treated worldwide. We’re able to offer the most advanced, effective heart rhythm treatments. And, we perform more treatments for heart rhythm disorders than any other hospital in the Rochester area. In many cases, the treatments we provide aren’t available anywhere else in the region.
Staffed by nurses and technicians who work exclusively on heart rhythm disorders, UR Medicine Heart & Vascular has three fully equipped labs for ablation and device implants. Our newest lab feature robot-aided navigation, which offers patients even greater precision, safety and versatility.
For details on catheter ablation procedures at UR Medicine Heart & Vascular, contact us at (585) 275-4775.