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Artemis Cardiac Centre is committed to your hearts well-being. We bring together a team of India's leading cardiac specialists backed by the most advanced and innovative modalities. Our experts offer procedures like Radio frequency ablation for helping patients with Supra ventricular and Ventricular tachyarrhythmia. Our experts adhere to stringent benchmarks of quality and safety to ensure the best possible care for you and your loved ones.

Our team strictly adheres to personalized treatment plans because we believe that every individual has unique medical requirements. Throughout your journey from treatment to recovery, we ensure your medical needs are being catered to with a robust approach.

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Radio Frequency Ablation For Supra Ventricularand

What is Radio Frequency Ablation For Supra Ventricularand ?

Radio Frequency Ablation For Supra Ventricularand

Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA), also referred to as cardiac ablation, is a medical procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to produce heat and generate current that targets and destroys tissues in specific areas of the heart. This is done to reduce or eliminate abnormal signals that interfere with the normal conductivity of the heart and prevent it from functioning optimally. Radiofrequency ablation is commonly used for managing heart rhythm abnormalities like supraventricular tachyarrhythmia and ventricular tachyarrhythmia.

Why does one need Radio Frequency Ablation?

  • Supraventricular Tachyarrhythmia;This refers to abnormally fast heart rhythms that originate above the heart's ventricles. These arrhythmias typically involve the atria or the atrioventricular (AV) node. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is commonly used to treat certain types of supraventricular tachyarrhythmias when medications are ineffective.
  • Ventricular Tachycardia - Ventricular Tachycardia is a rapid heart rhythm commencing in the ventricles and can be life-threatening. RFA may be considered in cases where the VT is associated with a specific identifiable substrate, such as scar tissue from a previous heart attack. Catheter-based ablation targets the abnormal tissue, disrupting the circuit responsible for the arrhythmia.

Time Taken For Procedure

Radio Frequency Ablation For Supra Ventricularand is broadly classified and based on the technique that is used:

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Procedure Time

It can take around an hour or two

Hospital Stay

Most patients can go home on the same day while some might need to be admitted depending on overall health

Recovery Period

Most patients return to work within 2 to 3 weeks

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Symptoms

You may be recommended to go for angioplasty if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms linked to coronary artery disease, which are not responding to medication and lifestyle modifications:

Advantages of Radio Frequency Ablation For Supra Ventricularand

Various Advantages of Radio Frequency Ablation For Supra Ventricularand are:

About Radio Frequency Ablation For Supra Ventricularand Procedure

Preparation

  • You will be required to schedule an initial consultation with your healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms, medical history, and any concerns or questions you may have about the procedure.
  • You need to inform your doctor about any medication that you have been currently taking as you might be required to stop these temporarily or adjust their dosage.
  • You may be required to fast for a certain period before the procedure, typically 6 to 8 hours, to ensure an empty stomach. This is done to alleviate the risks of nausea and vomiting.
  • It is advisable to wear comfortable clothing that can easily be removed and replaced. Avoid wearing any jewellery or accessories. It is important to follow the instructions and guidelines recommended by your doctor.

What does the Procedure involve?

  • During the procedure, you will be positioned on an examination table, and the area to be treated will be cleaned and numbed with a local anaesthetic.
  • An intravenous line is started to administer any nutritional fluids and medicines simultaneously, while you are under sedation.
  • Doctors will make a small puncture to access any of the major veins, typically on the arm, neck, leg or groin, and a sheath will be introduced to pave the way for the insertion of the catheter.
  • Using detailed imaging guidance offered by a fluoroscope, the catheter is guided towards the affected area of the heart.
  • Electrode catheters will be carefully introduced and implanted in suspected areas of the heart to detect the site of origin of the abnormal electrical signals.
  • Once the area is pinpointed, radiofrequency energy is delivered to that specific area, to destroy the cells and tissues
  • This can take anywhere between 3 to 4 hours, or even more, depending on the severity of the condition.

What follows the Procedure?

  • Following Radio Frequency Ablation, it is common to experience some mild discomfort or soreness at the treatment site. To relieve that, your doctor might advise using over-the-counter or prescription painkillers.
  • It is essential to follow post-procedure care instructions provided by your healthcare provider, which may include avoiding certain activities or applying ice to the treatment area
  • RFA has shown great success in alleviating pain for many patients. The effects of the procedure can vary depending on the individual and the targeted area. In some cases, patients may experience immediate pain relief, while others may take several weeks to recover.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q -Is Radio Frequency Ablation a painful procedure?

Radio Frequency Ablation, is performed under the influence of anesthesia which means that you will not feel any pain or discomfort while the procedure is being carried out, however you are likely to feel pain and soreness for a couple of days following the procedure. This can be managed with the help of the prescribed pain medication. 

Q - Which type of Arrhythmias are treated using Radio Frequency Ablation?

Radio Frequency Ablation can be used for treating several different types of arrhythmias including Supraventricular and Ventricular Tachyarrhythmia. The former refers to abnormally fast paced heartbeats that arise from above the ventricles, and the latter refers to fast paced heartbeats that originate within the ventricles.

Q - Does Radio Frequency Ablation cure Arrhythmias?

Radio Frequency Ablation may be a curative treatment in some cases, but not always. Despite being highly effective, it may only help in the management of the arrhythmia and not cure them. The success rate of the procedure depends on various factors which include the type of arrhythmia and its severity. 

Q - How much time does it take to recover after Radio Frequency Ablation?

In the majority of the cases, the patients resume normal activities within 2 to 3 weeks following Radio Frequency Ablation. Some people may take longer depending on the severity of the arrhythmia. 

Q - Does Radio Frequency Ablation need to be repeated?

Although not always, in some cases, Radio Frequency Ablation needs to be repeated if the problem persists or comes back.

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