Cardiac Ablation

Cardiac Ablation

If you've ever felt your heart skip a beat or race uncontrollably, you know how alarming it can be. Such irregularities might signal a condition known as arrhythmia, which can disrupt your life and, in serious cases, pose health risks. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we provide Cardiac Ablation for our clients to ensure the best outcomes for our patients. Are you wondering if cardiac ablation is right for you? Read on to learn more about this life-changing procedure.

What is Cardiac Ablation?

Cardiac ablation is used to treat some types of arrhythmia, which are conditions where the heart beats too quickly, too slowly, or irregularly. This disruption in heartbeat is uncomfortable, but it can also lead to more severe health issues like stroke or heart failure. Cardiac ablation involves the creation of small scars in specific areas of your heart tissue that are responsible for the erratic electrical signals. These scars are made using one of several possible energy sources, such as radiofrequency, cryoablation, or sometimes laser. The scarring effectively blocks the problematic signals that cause arrhythmias, allowing the heart to maintain a normal rhythm.

Types of Cardiac Ablation and Their Specific Uses

There are primarily two types of cardiac ablation: 

  • Radiofrequency Ablation, or RFA uses heat to create scars. It's often used for treating conditions like atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, and supraventricular tachycardia. RFA is renowned for its precision and effectiveness, making it a go-to option for many certified cardiologists.
  • Cryoablation employs extreme cold to achieve the same goal. It's particularly useful for cases where pinpoint accuracy is essential, such as around the delicate structures of the heart’s electrical system. This method is often favored for younger patients and those with specific types of arrhythmias that respond well to cold-based intervention. 

Each type of ablation is chosen based on the specific medical profile and needs of the patient, ensuring a tailored approach to treatment that maximizes safety and effectiveness.

What to Expect on the Day of Cardiac Ablation

Preparing for a cardiac ablation can feel overwhelming, but understanding what to expect can help to ease your mind. The procedure most often takes 3 to 6 hours and is performed while you are under sedation, ensuring your comfort throughout. Upon arrival, you'll be prepped in the pre-op area, where an IV line is inserted and sedation is administered. The procedure itself is minimally invasive. The heart doctor will carefully guide a catheter to your heart, where it will deliver energy to create the necessary scars. Afterward, you will be monitored closely in a recovery area to ensure your heart maintains a stable rhythm and to manage any discomfort. Most patients can go home the same day, although a brief hospital stay may sometimes be necessary.

Cardiac Ablation
Cardiac Ablation

Long-Term Outcomes of Cardiac Ablation

The long-term success of cardiac ablation can be profoundly life-enhancing. Many patients experience a reduction in the frequency and severity of arrhythmia symptoms, and in some cases, they may cease entirely. This may lead to a drastic improvement in quality of life, with increased physical activity and fewer hospital visits. Studies show that cardiac ablation has a high success rate, especially for conditions like supraventricular tachycardia. For more complex arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation, success rates can vary, and additional procedures may sometimes be required. Regular follow-ups with your local cardiologist are critical to monitor your heart’s rhythm and ensure the best long-term results. 

Do You Need Cardiac Ablation? 

At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we are committed to providing our patients with a pathway to better heart health. If you're dealing with arrhythmia or other heart rhythm disturbances, consider speaking to one of our specialists to find out if cardiac ablation could be the solution you need. Your heart deserves the best care, and we’re here to deliver just that. Contact our team to learn more. 

Review of Exceptional Healthcare Services

Jose Mendoza

My experience with the Capitol Cardiology Associates office was outstanding. From the time I initially talked to Dr Shetty on the phone to the moment I checked out. I had a very pleasant encounter with the front desk personnel. The staff is kind, gentle and informative. Pamela was very efficient, skilled and smart.  Took time to explain the procedure and broke it down in easy terms. I recommend this group with no reservations to whoever needs a cardiologist.

Bobbie Shockley

Even the office was excited busy, the staff remains super courteous and respectful. Dr. Shetty and his students were kind and efficient. Check out is a breeze. Those with disabilities were treated with great respect. I feel well cared for here at Capitol  Cardiology.

Isatu Sesay

Dr Raj Shetty. I wanted to thank you so so much, my blood pressure is normal now praise God.All because of you, my physician cannot get it in control then he Reffered me to you. I thank God and you because it’s all in control now. May God continue to bless your hand , you are so patient.

Jeanette McQueen

I had an excellent experience at Capitol Cardiology Associates. From the moment I walked into the suite everyone was friendly and courteous. When I was taken in the back the Medical Assistant was very professional and made me feel comfortable. My Cardiologist, Dr. Venugopal, had an excellent bedside manner and reassured me that all was okay. The checkout receptionist was very helpful as well. She made sure I had all the documents I needed and provided a copy to my primary care physician. Well done guys!??

Kuron Rice

On my first visit to Capitol Cardiology Associates, the staff were punctual, professional & friendly.  I enjoyed every aspect of the visit. The lady who checks you in has high energy & is very fun. My nurse was very nice as well. But my doctor, Dr. Foushee was attentive to symptoms & asked lots of question to find out the problem & it's source. For top notch service visit Capitol Cardiology Associates!!!

Bonnie Moreland

Everyone that I had contact with in the office were so pleasant. I feel Claire, PA listened to me about my concerns. She assured me that tests will be done and we'll figure out what's going on and that I'll be feeling better soon.

James Churchill

This was my first visit to a specialist, Dr. Venugopal. While the appointment took time to get, I was greeted promptly, the staff treated me well both coming in and leaving and the doctor is one of the finest I've encountered. Not only was he informative, his professional demeanor was complemented by a a humor that matched my own, a talent not always found in potentially serious situations. I would highly recommend!

J D McCall

Dr. Forrester is very professional, competent, thorough and caring. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable & attentive.The staff are very kind, professional & attentive as well. Overall excellent place to go.

Yvonne Martinez Vega

I have had positive experience with the staff of Capital Cardiology. They are courteous, professional and efficient. Dr. Clarence Findley is fabulous. He takes his time explaining , asking questions etc. Not something one sees now a days.

Rhonda McNair

I really was sick not knowing just how sick. My PC referred me to Dr. Clarence Fendly with only three visits two office and one hospital I am great. I thank God for him. He explained everything to me where I could understand,  but he's gone now, and I am going to miss him. I feel sorry for all on this side of the earth that never had the opportunity to get his help. Where ever he's moved on to someone will be blessed. Thanks Dr. Fendley. Rhonda McNair