The AF Ablation Procedure is performed by our renowned German Board Electrophysiologist at Clemenceau Medical Center Hospital Dubai.
Atrial Fibrillation ablation is used to treat abnormal heart rhythms known as atrial fibrillation. AF is a condition where the heart’s upper chambers (atria) experience chaotic electrical signals, causing them to quiver instead of contracting effectively. This can lead to irregular and often rapid heartbeats, potentially increasing the risk of stroke and heart failure.
The AF Ablation Procedure
During the AF ablation procedure, the patient is usually under conscious sedation or general anesthesia. The primary goal is to create scar tissue within the heart, which disrupts the abnormal electrical pathways responsible for the irregular heartbeats.
Types of AF Ablation
Catheter ablation (most common) which involves inserting thin, flexible catheters through blood vessels, usually in the groin, and navigating them to the heart. These catheters have electrodes at their tips, which can deliver energy (such as radiofrequency or cryotherapy) to create the desired scar tissue.
Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is a crucial part of the AF ablation procedure. The pulmonary veins carry blood from the lungs to the heart and are often the source of abnormal electrical impulses triggering AF. By isolating these veins with scar tissue, the unwanted electrical signals can be blocked.
Success of AF Ablation Procedure
The success rate of AF ablation varies depending on the patient’s individual condition, but it can significantly reduce or eliminate AF episodes in many cases. However, it’s important to note that AF ablation is not always a one-time fix, and some patients may require multiple procedures or additional medications for complete symptom control.