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leahquestions posted:
I have multiple heart conditions and will be getting an ablation in the center of the heart soon with a possible ICD.. Is there any complications with ablations? thank you so very much
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

"Is there any complications with ablations?"

There may/can be.

General info -

Your Total Health

Cardiac Ablation

[Patient education guide>

Summary. About ablation. Before the ablation. During the ablation. After the ablation.

POTENTIAL RISKS.

About surgical ablation.

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR DOCTOR.

http://www.yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cardiac-ablation.html

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Additionally here, especially with improvements made in older standard radiofrequency energy (heat-based) technology, as well as newer technology cryoenergy/freezing, and high-intensity focused ultrasound, if/when performed by a highly-skilled doctor (IC/EP), via standard endocardial or transthoracic (through-the-chest) epidcardial, and done correctly (no culprit areas, pathways are missed, no normal areas are damaged or disrupted, the culprit tissue is ablated deep enough), a catheter ablation procedure should completely (100%) eliminate one's particular arrhythmia for good.

Noteworthy though, as indicated in medical literature, approximately under 10% of the time, an arrhythmia may recur (at any time) even after what was thought as being an initially successful (single site or multiple sites mapped and treated accordingly) catheter ablation.

This occurs because the abnormal heart cells or electrical pathway responsible for the arrhythmia was damaged, but not 100% therapeutically destroyed by the procedure. As this area heals, the original arrhythmia may reccur. Also, an ablation procedure may/can lead to the occurrence of a totally different type of arrhythmia, sometimes even making pacemaker implantation necessary.

Best of luck with your upcoming ablation and down the road of life.

Take care,

CardioStar*

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