Who Is A Candidate for Cardiac Ablation Surgery

Dr. Atul Verma, MD, FRCPC, Cardiologist, discusses who is a good candidate for cardiac ablation therapy to treat atrial fibrillation. Southlake Regional Health Centre

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Dr. Atul Verma, MD, FRCPC, Cardiologist, discusses who is a good candidate for cardiac ablation therapy to treat atrial fibrillation. Southlake Regional Health Centre
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Featuring Dr. Atul Verma, MD, FRCPC, Cardiologist Southlake Regional Health Centre

Duration: 2 minutes, 5 seconds

As far as who a candidate for ablation is, not everyone with atrial fibrillation requires an ablation. Usually we recommend ablation for patients who are having a lot of symptoms from their atrial fibrillation.

Symptoms from atrial fibrillation can include palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, and even in some cases, an inability to do any kind of physical activity. If you fall into this symptomatic category, then ablation may be a worthwhile therapy for you.

Drugs are an alternative to ablation. There are so-called antiarrhythmic drugs which can suppress the atrial fibrillation, and some patients find that these drugs work very well. Unfortunately drugs are often not a permanent solution, and will often fail at some point in time. And especially for patients who have failed antiarrhythmic drugs, ablation may be a very, very good option.

In addition to that, there are patients who will develop problems with their heart pumping function – we call this heart failure, or who may develop a weakness of their heart. Or, if the patient is particularly young and physically active and cannot tolerate drugs, then these are also other populations that could benefit greatly from atrial fibrillation ablation.

If you have any more questions about your atrial fibrillation or whether you may be a potential candidate for ablation for your atrial fibrillation, feel free to contact your local health professional, your cardiologist, or have them refer you to the heart rhythm program here at Southlake Regional Health Centre, where we’ll be happy to do a consultation.

Presenter: Dr. Atul Verma, Electrophysiologist, Newmarket, ON

Local Practitioners: Electrophysiologist

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