Performing Ablations at Riverview Health in Noblesville, IN

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Radiofrequency (RF) ablation, also called catheter or cardiac ablation, is a treatment for an irregular or fast heartbeats. Abnormal electrical signals can cause irregular heart rhythms, which can prevent the heart from pumping enough blood throughout the body. This can lead to life-threatening conditions such as blood clots and heart failure.

Why Ablation is Performed

Heart doctors may recommend cardiac ablation in order to restore a normal rhythm to your heart. Your doctor may suggest this procedure if:

  • Medication hasn’t been successful.
  • The type of irregular heartbeat you have responds well to ablation.
  • You’re at a higher risk of complications because of your irregular heartbeat.
  • You’ve had serious side effects from medicines for treatment of your irregular heartbeat.

What to Expect from Ablation at Riverview Health

Your ablation will be performed by a cardiologist in one of the two cath labs at Riverview Health. You’ll be given a sedative to help you relax during the ablation procedure.

Your doctor will insert a catheter into one of your veins, usually in your groin. With the help of X-ray imaging, your doctor will feed the catheter up to your heart. A special dye may be injected to help your doctor see your heart better on the imaging equipment. Once the catheter is in place, energy from the catheter will destroy the abnormal tissue that’s causing the irregular heartbeat. This energy may be created by cold (cryoablation), heat (radiofrequency ablation) or a laser.

Ablation may take a few hours. You’ll need to lie still for several hours after the procedure, and may need to spend the night in the cardiac care unit for monitoring.

You’ll able to return to work and normal activities within several days. Talk with your doctor about when it’s safe to return to strenuous activities like exercise.

To receive the care you need, start by finding a primary care physician at Riverview Health by calling 317.565.0525 or by completing our online form.

Riverview Health evaluates and treats a wide array of heart conditions for people living in Noblesville, Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Sheridan and Westfield, IN.