Ablation

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Quiz: Do You Understand the Ablation Procedure?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

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1

Patients generally take blood thinners up until the ablation procedure.

Explanation:
Patients generally take blood thinners up until the ablation procedure, and receive extra blood thinners during the ablation procedure to reduce the risk of a blood clot in the heart that could lead to a stroke.
2

Most patients will need to spend 3-5 days in the hospital after ablation.

Explanation:
Many patients will be able to leave the hospital the same day they undergo a cardiac ablation procedure.
3

The success rate of the ablation procedure is the same no matter what type of atrial fibrillation you have.

Explanation:
The success rate of ablation depends in part on the type of atrial fibrillation that you have. If you’re in and out of atrial fibrillation, known as paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, your success rate is going to be higher. If you’re in atrial fibrillation all the time, called persistent atrial fibrillation, then your success rate is going to be lower.
4

The majority of people can return to their regular activities the day after they leave the hospital.

Explanation:
Most people can return to their regular activities the day after they leave the hospital. You’ll receive written instructions on post-catheter ablation care.
5

During the procedure, the doctor will insert electrode catheters through a vein or artery in your arm.

Explanation:
During the procedure, the doctor will insert electrode catheters through a vein or artery in your groin. He or she will thread it to your heart and emit a pulse of radiofrequency energy that destroys the abnormal tissue to correct the irregular heartbeat.

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