I had a radiofrequency ablation
done on October 11, 2006 at Prairie Heart Institute in Springfield, Illinois by a Dr. Kreigh Moulton. I had a fast heart beat and it was causing me to have all kinds of problems.
The procedure is done in the cardiac cath lab using special equipment to watch your heart as it beats along on an X ray
. The doctor who does this type procedure specializes in electrical problems in the heart.
Your friend will have an IV. They will have her lying flat on a table and put her into a twilight sleep. While she is snoozing, they will put a micro burn into the abnormal pathway which causes her heart to beat too fast.
It is very high technology. I was scared when I went to have it done, but now I am cured of a problem which plagued me for more than 15 years. I believe it is a more common procedure than it used to be because I have met 2 other people who know people who have had it done.
The risks are very low. Your friend will be fine. She will have to take it easy for a couple of days because she will have tenderness in her groins where they place the catheters which by the way are venous sticks, not arterial.
If all goes well, she will leave the hospital the same day and can return to work in a day or so.
Its all going to be fine.