Abnormal fast heart rates (tachyarrhythmias) are usually due to the electrical activity of the heart passing through an abnormal pathway, or the spontaneous generation of an abnormal extra impulse (ectopic beat). These problems may be amenable to conservative management of drug treatment however they can also sometimes be treated with ablation. This technique involves delivering energy through the tip of a cateheter passed to the heart, usually from the vein in the groin (femoral vein). The energy can be carefully directed to ablate some tissue to interrupt an abnormal pathway, or remove or isolate an abnormal ectopic focus. This technique can be useful in treating regular fast heart rhythms, as well as atrial fibrillation (AF)
Dr Dalby will discuss any proposed procedure with you including its attendant risks and benefits. When appropriate this will involve further discussion in a multidisciplinary meeting so that you may receive the best advice and reach a mutually agreeable management plan.