When is EPS & RFA Treatment required?
A radiofrequency ablation isn't necessary for everyone who has a cardiac arrhythmia. It's normally advised for patients who have arrhythmias that aren't managed by medicine or who have particular types of arrhythmia in the upper chambers of the heart, known as the atria.
The following patients are candidates for radio frequency catheter ablation:
- Patients with symptomatic supraventricular tachycardias (SVT) who, despite medication, continue to have recurrent tachycardias.
- Young people with symptomatic, recurrent SVT who do not want to be on medication for the rest of their lives or who have pharmacological adverse effects.
- Patients with idiopathic ventricular tachycardia who develop treatment resistance or negative effects.
- Focal Atrial Fibrillation in Young People.
How is EPS & RFA Treatment done?
You'll be given drugs via IV to help you feel drowsy and calm. You may be given general anesthesia to sleep through the surgery, depending on the type of heart rhythm problem you have. If you are awake during the procedure, your doctor may give you instructions. Your doctor will numb an area in your groin and make a small hole in your skin. Then, the doctor will place three or four catheters through blood vessels to your heart to help guide the procedure.
The doctor uses special x-rays to see the catheter as it moves through your body. The catheters have microscopic sensors that monitor the flow of electrical signals via your heart.
A catheter may be used by the doctor to induce a transient abnormal heartbeat. Measurements gathered during this time help your doctor figure out what's causing the irregular heartbeat, where it's coming from, and how to effectively treat it.
A catheter is placed next to the heart cells that are creating the abnormal electrical signals. The tip of the catheter sends RF energy to destroy the abnormal cells in that area. This can bring the heart back to a normal rhythm.
What is the Recovery after EPS & RFA Treatment like?
Catheter ablation recovery is usually quick and painless. Mild symptoms such as an aching chest and soreness, as well as bruises in the location where the catheter was put, may occur in the days after the treatment. Within a few days, most people may resume their routine activities.
What Results Can I Expect from EPS & RFA Treatment?
The EPS & RFA treatment has a remarkable outcome and produces highly gratifying outcomes. The majority of people who get the surgery return to their normal activities thereafter. The treatment can have a success rate of more than 90% depending on the type of arrhythmia being treated.