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Cardiac Ablation

General Information

A heart that beats too fast or slow can put you at risk for serious complications, including stroke and blood clots. Cardiac ablation, also called catheter ablation, is a procedure to treat arrhythmias, including AFib, and restore a normal heartbeat. As a leading provider of innovative heart care, Goshen Heart & Vascular Center offers cardiac ablation.

Our expert cardiologists are trained in performing cardiac ablation to keep your heart beating the way it should. If you’re at risk for arrhythmia or another heart problem, talk to your primary care provider about receiving a heart screening or call (574) 537-5000 for a referral.

What is cardiac ablation?

Cardiac ablation uses extreme cold (as in the case of cryoablation), heat or lasers to destroy damaged heart tissue that’s causing irregular heartbeats. As a minimally invasive interventional procedure, your cardiologist will use a catheter that’s guided by X-ray images to locate and apply the treatment to your heart. Your doctor will also use a dye that will help illuminate your heart for more precise treatment.

Do I need heart ablation?

Not everyone is a good candidate for cardiac ablation. Although it’s often successful at treating arrhythmia, it is usually not the first choice of treatment.

Your doctor may recommend heart ablation for your AFib if:

  • Medicines haven’t been successful at correcting the irregular heartbeat
  • You’ve had serious side effects from these medicines
  • You have a high risk of arrhythmia-related complications

Your type of arrhythmia responds well to cardiac ablation

Cardiac ablation at Goshen Heart & Vascular Center

The entire procedure takes a few hours to complete and will take place in our state-of-the-art electrophysiology (EP) lab. After your cardiac ablation, your care team may decide that it’s best for you to spend the night in our cardiac care unit for monitoring.

Within a few days after cardiac ablation, you can return to doing the activities you love without being slowed down by troubling symptoms. 

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