Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Specialist

Vein, Heart, and Vascular Institute

Cardiovascular Doctors & Interventional Cardiologists located in Tampa, FL & Wesley Chapel, FL

Approximately 4 million Americans suffer symptoms of recurrent heart arrhythmias. At Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute, with offices in South Tampa and Wesley Chapel, Florida, experienced cardiologist, Vatsal Inamdar, MD, and the medical team offers comprehensive treatments for arrhythmias. Dr. Inamdar is skilled in atrial fibrillation ablation techniques to alleviate irregular heartbeat symptoms and creates a custom care plan personalized to your needs. Learn more about the benefits of atrial fibrillation ablation for arrhythmia by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.

Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Q & A

What is atrial fibrillation ablation?

Atrial fibrillation ablation is a procedure that treats an arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, that begins in the atria, or upper chambers of the heart. The goal of this type of cardiac ablation treatment is to scar or destroy tissue in your heart that interferes with electrical signals causing the arrhythmia.

You may benefit from atrial fibrillation ablation as a last resort for treating arrhythmia that doesn’t respond to medications and to resolve common side effects of an irregular heartbeat, such as chronic fatigue and shortness of breath.

What causes arrhythmias?

In a healthy heart, the atria and ventricles (lower chambers) work together to pump blood through your heart, alternately contracting and relaxing. Your heart also has an electrical system that makes it possible for your heart to pump blood.

When you have an arrhythmia, there’s a disruption in the electrical signals that can be the result of many factors, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine
  • Alcohol
  • Sleep apnea
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Certain medications
  • Previous heart attack

Disruption in the heart’s electrical signals could also be the result of emotional stress, shock, or fright.

What’s involved in atrial fibrillation ablation?

There are several techniques Dr. Inamdar at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute can use to complete the atrial fibrillation ablation based on the root cause of your heart problems. These techniques include:

Catheter ablation

Catheter ablation involves a long, thin tube threaded into the heart to deliver heat or cold into the tissues to create scars that block erratic signals.

Maze procedure

The maze procedure is often a part of open-heart surgery where a scalpel is used to make a maze of scar tissue in the upper chambers of the heart. Additional techniques may involve the use of freezing technology, radio waves, or ultrasound energy to make scar tissue to disrupt irregular signals.

AV node ablation

Atrioventricular (AV) node ablation uses thin tubes to create scars that disrupt electrical signals in the AV node area of the heart that connects the upper and lower chambers.

Dr. Inamdar determines which technique is right for you by evaluating your heart health, your symptoms, and previous treatments during your visit to Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute. He creates a custom surgical treatment plan to resolve your symptoms and restore a normal heartbeat.

If your treatment for an arrhythmia isn’t working to resolve your symptoms, schedule an evaluation at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute today by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online now.