What Is Cardiac Ablation?
Cardiac ablation helps get rid of heart beats that are too fast, called tachycardia arrhythmias.
These fast heart beats happen because there is a problem with the heart’s electrical system. With ablation, we can eliminate the electrical signals that are causing the arrhythmia. Once the signals are gone, the arrhythmia is gone.
Ablation uses catheter technology. A catheter is a thin tube that goes into a vein and is carefully threaded to the heart. The EP can see the catheter the whole time by using imaging technology.
The EP can pinpoint where the arrhythmia is coming from by doing something called a pacing test. Once the EP finds the exact location, they can use the catheter to either burn or freeze the abnormal circuit. The EP will then do the pacing test again, to make sure the arrhythmia is gone.