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Hello! My grandfather is about to have heart ablasion done and I would like to know what kind of procedure heart ablasion is. Thank you in advance!

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Hi! Heart ablation is performed when electrical flow (through heart) gets blocked or travels the same pathways repeatedly creating something of a “short circuit” that disturbs normal heart rhythms. Medicines are usually used for this condition but sometimes it asks for heart ablation, which is destroy the tissue housing the short circuit. It is a non surgical procedure and therefore doesn’t require a full frontal chest opening. It involves inserting catheters into a blood vessel, often through a site in the groin or neck, and winding the wire up into the heart. The journey to heart muscle is navigated by images created by a fluoroscope, an x-ray-like machine that provides continuous, “live” images of the catheter and tissue. When the catheter reaches the heart, electrodes at the tip of the catheter gather data and a variety of electrical measurements are made. When the doctors find a damaged place, they use energy to destroy a small amount of tissue, ending the disturbance of electrical flow through the heart and restoring a healthy heart rhythm. A patient is awake during the procedure and may watch everything on monitors.
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