Advanced ablation is a minimally invasive procedure to treat atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, without open heart surgery or lifelong dependence on a pacemaker.
During the procedure, a specially designed catheter is fed through a vein into the heart. Once in place, the catheter directs energy to cauterize the short-circuiting areas causing the fibrillation.
Advanced ablation at Sparrow can offer our Patients faster recovery times, less exposure to X-ray radiation, less risk of damage to blood vessels or heart tissue, and a reduced likelihood of additional, more invasive procedures.
Dennis Lundquist, 52, of Lansing, came to Sparrow’s Emergency Department with stomach pain, but Physicians soon discovered he was also suffering from an irregular heartbeat. He ultimately underwent advanced ablation at Sparrow and sat down with us to talk about his experience and what it has meant for his quality of life.
You will need to consult your physician, but if you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, advanced ablation may be right for you:
For more information on advanced ablation procedure at Sparrow Thoracic Cardiovascular Institute, call 517.483.7576.
You can also find more information here and through the Mayo Clinic Health Library.