My mother is 72 years old and had a cardiac ablation performed around February 21 for atrial fibrillation. It became complicated with a nick in her artery and she was hospitalized for 5 days afterward. Since then she has had 5 episodes of a rapid heart rate and has been hospitalized for this 4 additional times, and is currently in the hospital. The doctors want to do another cardiac ablation but I am worried as the doctor told her the reason she was having so many issues now is because the heart is irritated and needs to heal and could take an additional 8 weeks to heal. Wouldn t another procedure irritate it more?
Actually, both options are there for her. The decision is individualised and you may opt for medicines if you are worried about the side effects and also there certainly is risk involved and significant risk of recurrence.
So, if you are not comfortable with procedure, you may request to optimize the medicines and if medicines don't work then she might have to go for ablation.
So, medicines are also the effective alternative and ablation is not mandatory. Procedure may involve transient irritation, but ablation will eliminate those areas of irritation.
Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Dr Sagar Makode, Cardiologist
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