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Cardiac (Heart) Ablation Surgery

Cardiac (Heart) Ablation Surgery

In Cardiac (Heart) Ablation Surgery, doctors insert thin, flexible tubes (catheters) with electrodes on the tips into a blood vessel in your arm, groin or neck and thread them through your blood vessels to reach your heart. Doctors then apply heat (radiofrequency energy), a laser or extreme cold (cryoablation) through the catheters to destroy (ablate) abnormal heart tissue causing your heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia).

Doctors perform cardiac ablation surgery to treat many heart rhythm disorders, including:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial flutter
  • Tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
  • Ventricular tachycardia