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2 Atrial Fibrillation and Catheter Ablation What is Atrial Fibrillation? With atrial fibrillation the heart does not beat in the way it should. The main pumping chambers of the heart beat in a way that is not regular and sometimes the heart beat can be very fast. Some people with atrial fibrillation feel completely well. Others feel unwell and may notice: a feeling that the heart is racing, pounding or skipping beats, they are short of breath, they can no longer do things they like to do (like sports, walking and gardening), they feel dizzy, weak or have chest pain. As a rule, this is not a dangerous rhythm, but it can cause you to feel unwell and can lower your quality of life. There is a small chance of getting a clot in the heart causing a stroke or heart attack. This chance can be lowered by taking blood thinning medicine. For some patients with very rapid heart rates for a long time, there can be weakening of the heart muscle. How can Atrial Fibrillation be treated? 1. If you feel OK, then we want to: slow the heart rate with drugs like beta-blockers or calcium channel blockers (these are heart ratecontrol medicines) and 1

3 use either a mild blood thinner like aspirin or a stronger blood thinner like warfarin to avoid blood clots and lower the chance of stroke. 2. If you feel unwell: Special medicines called anti-arrhythmics may be right for you. These drugs are not like rate control medicines because they try to help keep your heart in a normal rhythm. These medicines can work well, but may have side effects. The type of side effects will depend on which drug is used. Your doctor can tell you more about this. Catheter ablation is one more treatment choice that may stop atrial fibrillation from coming back. What is Catheter ablation? Catheter ablation has been used to treat other heart rhythm problems since the early 1990s. It involves putting special wires up through the veins of the legs to record the electrical signals of the heart. Once found, the spot causing the bad heart rhythm is destroyed by sending short bursts of energy through the wires. Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation has been in wide use around the world since At Capital Health, we have doctors who are highly skilled in heart rhythm problems and perform these kinds of ablations. We now know that the electrical signal for atrial fibrillation is often found in the area of the veins in the left upper chamber of the heart (left atrium). These veins carry oxygen from the lungs and drain into the left atrium. (See Figure 1). 2

4 Figure 1. Electrical signals start in the area of pulmonary veins. This signal travels into the left atrium, causing Atrial Fibrillation. After ablation around these veins, they can no longer get into the atrium to cause atrial fibrillation. Performing catheter ablation to block these signals from getting to the heart has been found to stop atrial fibrillation in some people. The cure rate is between 50 and 80%. Some patients may need up to 2 or 3 treatments to be cured. How is Catheter Ablation done? Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation can take up to 5 hours to do. A CT scan of the heart may be done before the procedure. Some patients may need a special ultrasound picture of the heart. We do this by putting a probe down the swallowing tube (esophagus). This is done to make sure that there is no blood clot inside their heart before the procedure. 3

5 It involves placing tubes in the veins in the groin. These tubes allow wires (called catheters) to be placed in the heart to measure electrical signals and send the energy needed to destroy the bad heart rhythm. The catheters are poked through the wall that separates the left and right side of the heart (the septum) and into the left atrium. A small amount of energy is sent down the catheter to destroy or burn the spot causing the atrial fibrillation. You must lie still during the procedure. You will be awake for the procedure, but we will give you medicine(s) that will make you feel drowsy, relaxed and keep you comfortable. After the procedure, all tubes are removed and you must lie flat for 3 hours. You need to keep your leg straight so that it does not bleed. 4

6 What are the risks? The risks are most often low, but could be serious. Problems may include: bleeding or harm to a blood vessel in the groin, puncture of the heart (1 in 100), blood clot forms and causes a stroke (1 in 200), irritation of the lining of the heart causing pain (1 in 100), harm to the veins or nerves of the lung, or, very rarely, a link is made between the swallowing tube (esophagus) and the heart (1 in 5,000) which could be fatal. What happens after the procedure? You will be observed and monitored overnight in the hospital. You will likely go home the next day. You will need to take blood thinners and medicine(s) for your heart. You will be taking warfarin (a blood thinner) for three months. It takes a few days for warfarin to start working. We will give you a blood thinner with a needle for a few days until the warfarin kicks in (starts working). Your nurses will tell you more about this. You may feel some chest discomfort/ soreness/pain for the first few weeks after the procedure. 5

7 You may notice an increase in your atrial fibrillation for a few weeks. It is quite common to have ongoing episodes of atrial fibrillation in the first three months after the procedure. This does not mean the procedure hasn t worked. A period of time is needed to let the heart heal after the ablation is done. About 2% of patients may get a different rhythm problem called atrial flutter. This can be reversed with either cardioversion (electrical shock to the heart) or medicine. Now and then, it calls for a repeat ablation before the three month healing period has gone by. You will visit the specialist at 6 weeks, 12 weeks, 3 months and then at one year after the procedure. You will talk about the use of blood thinners and medicines at these follow up visits. 6

8 Looking for more health information? Contact your local public library for books, videos, magazine articles and online health information. For a list of public libraries in Nova Scotia go to Capital Health promotes a smoke-free and scent-free environment. Please do not use perfumed products. Thank you! Capital Health, Nova Scotia Prepared by: Dr. Ratika Parkash, Division of Cardiology, Halifax Infirmary, Halifax Illustrations by: Page?-Image of heart used with permission from Healthwise, Incorporated; Pages?-LifeART Health Care 1 Images, Copyright 1994, TechPool Studios Corp. USA Designed and Printed by: QEII Audio Visual and Printing Departments WG Created June2009 The information in this pamphlet is to be updated every 3 years.

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