Cardiac ablation helps treat arrhythmia

Cardiac ablation is a procedure using either heat or extreme cold to correct an abnormal heartbeat, also known as an arrhythmia. 

Cardiac ablation works by scarring or destroying tissue in your heart that triggers or sustains an abnormal heart rhythm. In some cases, cardiac ablation prevents abnormal electrical signals from entering your heart -- stopping the arrhythmia altogether.

How does cardiac ablation treat my arrhythmia?

Your cardiovascular care team at St. Charles Heart and Lung Center will work together to determine if a cardiac ablation procedure is right for you. 

During the procedure, your electrocardiologist at St. Charles guides long, flexible tubes inserted through a vein or artery in your groin to your heart to deliver energy in the form of heat or extreme cold (known as cryoablation) to correct the tissues that are causing the arrhythmia.

Although cardiac ablation can be done during open-heart surgery, it’s often performed using catheters, making the procedure less invasive and shortening recovery times. You may be able to go home the same day as your procedure, or you may need to stay in the hospital.

To learn more about St. Charles Heart and Lung Center in Bend or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 541-388-4333.