What Is Heart Ablation?
Heart ablation targets and removes tissue that causes an irregular heart rhythm. In this outpatient procedure, specialists insert a catheter (thin tube) into the leg.
The catheter passes through a vein leading to the heart to locate the cause of the irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Specialists then perform one of two types of ablations, including the following:
- Cryoablation, which involves freezing and scarring the unwanted tissue
- Radiofrequency ablation, which involves burning and scarring the unwanted tissue
You may be a candidate for heart ablation if you have a condition such as
- Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
- Atrial flutter
- Ventricular tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
- Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (abnormal heartbeat)