Ventricular Premature Complex Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation

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Overview

What is Ventricular Premature Complex Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation?

Ventricular premature complexes are mostly benign conditions that can cause irregular heartbeat. Most people who experience ventricular premature complex never notice any symptoms. However, if you have symptoms you might experience your heart fluttering, pounding or jumping in your chest. If your symptoms become more forceful, this may reduce your heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently. This may be more serious and include weakness, dizziness or loss of consciousness. You may also experience ventricular tachycardia that could cause you to have a life threatening cardiac arrest. Your doctor may recommend a ventricular tachycardia ablation to create tiny scars in your heart to block abnormal electrical signals in order to restore normal heartbeat. 

Why

Why a Ventricular Premature Complex Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation? 

Your cardiologist may recommend an ablation procedure if prescribed medications and lifestyle changes isn’t successful. For some patients, ablation cures the abnormal heart rhythms; while an ablation procedure may improve treatment with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.   

Risks

Ventricular Premature Complex Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation Risks and Complications 

Ventricular tachycardia ablation has a history of safety and success. As will all surgical procedures, there are some potential risks, including: 

  • Bleeding or infection as the catheter insertion site. 
  • Reaction to the dye injected during the procedure. 
  • Blood vessel damage. 
  • Blood clots in your legs or lungs. 
  • Heart valve damage. 
  • Stroke or heart attack. 

Your cardiologist will discuss the benefits and risk of the procedure so you can make an informed decision. 

Prep

Preparing for Ventricular Premature Complex Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation 

Your doctor will give you instructions on how to prepare for the test that may include: 

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Food & Drink

Not eating or drinking after midnight the day prior to the procedure. 

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Discuss Concerns

Discussing any concerns you may have with your doctor.

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Doctor Instructions

Following your doctor’s instructions regarding your current medications. 

What to Expect

What to Expect During a Ventricular Premature Complex Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation 

During the Procedure

During the Procedure

You will be mildly sedated during an ablation procedure. Your cardiologist inserts a catheter into your heart, generally through a blood vessel in your groin. You may also have dye injected through the catheter so you blood vessels can be seen more clearly on X-ray images. Sensors on the tip of the catheter record your heart’s electricity, which your cardiologist uses to identify the area causing your arrhythmia and where to apply the ablation. To create small scars in your heart to block abnormal arrhythmias, your cardiologist may use radiofrequency energy (heat) or extreme cold (cryoablation).  

An ablation procedure takes between 3 to 6 hours to complete, after which you’ll go into recovery. Depending on your condition, you may go home the same day or stay overnight at the hospital. You’ll probably feel sore after the procedure, but that shouldn’t last more than a week. You should avoid any heavy lifting for at least a week. You should see improvements in the quality of your life after the procedure, however, there’s always a chance your arrhythmias may return and another procedure may be recommended or some other form of treatment.   

After the Procedure

After the Procedure

Depending on your condition, you may go home the same day or stay overnight at the hospital. You’ll probably feel sore after the procedure, but that shouldn’t last more than a week. You should avoid any heavy lifting for at least a week. You should see improvements in the quality of your life after the procedure, however, there’s always a chance your arrhythmias may return and another procedure may be recommended or some other form of treatment.   

Specialists

Ventricular Premature Complex Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation Specialists

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

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

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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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