Supraventricular Tachycardia Ablation

Female black patient lying down on hospital bed while nurse is checking her heart beat with stethoscope

Overview

What is Supraventicular Tachycardia Ablation?

Supraventicular tachycardia (SVT) ablation is a procedure used to treat abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmias) in your heart’s upper chambers that cause abnormally fast or erratic heartbeat.  The procedure uses extreme cold, lasers, or radiofrequency energy, to create tiny scars in your heart tissue to block abnormal electrical signals that are causing your arrhythmia.  The goal of SVT ablation is to prevent your arrhythmias, reduce your symptoms and the need for heart rhythm medications, and improve the quality of your life.

Why

Why Supraventicular Tachycardia Ablation? 

Your doctor may recommend SVT ablation if medication or other treatments do not work, or if you have atrial flutter or atrial tachycardia.   

Risks

Supraventicular Tachycardia Ablation Potential Risks and Complications 

SVT ablation is a routine and relatively safe procedure. As with any medical procedure, there may be risks to SVT ablation, and your doctor will review the risks and benefits with you so you can make an informed decision. 

Prep

Preparing for Supraventicular Tachycardia Ablation 

Your cardiologist will give you instructions to help you prepare for the procedure based on your medical history, diagnosis and your current state of health. Typical instructions include:

Transportation

Make sure someone can drive you home after the procedure

Food & Drink

Not eating or drinking after midnight prior to surgery

What to Expect

What to Expect During a Supraventicular Tachycardia Ablation 

During the Procedure

During the Procedure

SVT ablation is done in the hospital and takes between 2 to 4 hours.  Here’s what you can expect during the procedure: 

  • You’ll be given a sedative to help you relax, and the groin area where the catheter will be inserted will be prepared. 
  • Your doctor will numb your groin area and will carefully thread the catheter into your heart. 
  • Sensors at the tip of the catheter record your heart’s electricity and show your doctor the best place to apply the ablation treatment. 
After the Procedure

After the Procedure

  • After the procedure is over, your doctor will gently remove the catheter and bandage the insert site. 
  • You will then go into recovery to monitor your vital signs before you are discharged with your doctor’s instructions. 

Specialists 

Supraventicular Tachycardia Ablation Specialists

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2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 360W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 360W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 360W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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