Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation is a treatment option for heartbeat irregularities or arrhythmias, like atrial fibrillation (AFib), atrial flutter, or supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). It eliminates the damaged heart tissue that causes your heartbeat to get off course. It is a common procedure that is extremely effective and has minimal risks.

This procedure is not surgery and takes place in a cath lab or a hospital. You will be given medications to relax you. A catheter is inserted, usually in the groin area, and guided to the heart where the source of the abnormal heartbeat is located and corrected with radiofrequency energy.

How long does it take to recover from a cardiac ablation?

Recovery from this procedure is rapid and most patients return home after a few hours of rest following the procedure or the following day. The procedure usually takes two to four hours. The rest period after the procedure can last up to six hours or overnight while you are monitored by your care team.

Are you awake during catheter ablation?

The cardiologist and their team will use anesthesia and a sedative during a cardiac ablation procedure, so you are awake but relaxed and pain-free during the entire process.

What are the side effects of radiofrequency ablation?

Patients don’t typically experience any side effects from the procedure itself, but there can be minor discomfort at the insertion sites that can last a few days. Of course, patients should always discuss any pain, swelling, or unusual symptoms with their care team.

What is the success rate of catheter ablation?

According to Harvard Health Publishing, heart ablation is effective 75% of the time; with a second procedure, the effectiveness can reach 90%. At Hearts & Rhythm, we are focused on getting your cardiac care right the first time expertly. Our experience and skill are laser-focused on your wellbeing and recovery.

Reach out to us if you have any questions at all about catheter ablation by calling 480-289-4550.