For patients with an irregular heartbeat, at the office of The DOCS, we can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
If you have a certain type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, one of the procedures we may recommend to correct it is called vein ablation. The goal with vein ablation is to restore a normal heartbeat rhythm in order to reduce the risk of serious cardiovascular events such as blood clots or stroke.
The first step is to determine the cause of the irregular heartbeat. To do this, we will conduct a number of tests to monitor the condition of your heart and perform a thorough exam. Prior to recommending the vein ablation procedure, we will consider various treatment options and your overall health. Ablation is typically considered for patients who have already tried other medications to control the issue and did not have success or had to stop the medications due to side effects. We will not recommend the procedure for anyone who is considered to be at high risk for complications or has a type of irregular heartbeat that may not respond well to the procedure.
All of these factors will be carefully reviewed. If we do believe that vein ablation is right for you, your doctor will prepare you for what to expect with the procedure.
In general, you will be asked not to eat or drink the night before your procedure and to discontinue taking most medications. But your doctor will discuss these steps in detail with you and let you know what you can and cannot take. During the procedure, your doctor will use a catheter device to repair the damaged heart tissue. The process usually takes between three to six hours, and after you will be monitored in a recovery area for a number of hours.
The procedure can successfully correct the faulty heartbeat, but is usually recommended with other lifestyle changes to further improve the condition of your heart and keep you healthy. Some of these include, increasing exercise, following a heart-healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting your alcohol intake, and quitting smoking.
If the procedure is recommended for you, your doctor will discuss everything you need to know prior to and post vein ablation to achieve the optimal, long-term results.
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By The DOCS - Cardiovascular
September 23, 2020
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