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An ablation is a medical procedure used to treat an arrhythmia (heart rhythm problem). An arrhythmia is often caused by cells in your heart that are not working as they should. A catheter ablation procedure destroys the cells that are causing the problem.
At Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento, we offer the latest minimally invasive tools to help our patients recover faster with less pain and better results.
Catheter ablation uses thin, flexible wires called electrode catheters to find and destroy (ablate) problem cells. In most cases, catheter ablation is done in an electrophysiology (EP) lab. It often takes two to four hours, and sometimes longer. You'll receive medication to prevent pain. Medication will also help you relax or sleep during the procedure. Here's how the procedure is done:
When the procedure is finished:
Before your catheter ablation, you will meet with the electrophysiologist (specially trained heart doctor) who will do the procedure. He or she will tell you how to prepare for the procedure. You will likely be told to stop taking all heart rhythm medications for a few days before the procedure. Follow your doctor's instructions. Also:
Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and a referral to a heart care specialist. Call 855.623.2734 to find a doctor. Or use our Find a Doctor tool.