Ventricular tachycardia is the leading cause of most sudden cardiac deaths in the United States, attributed to as many as 300,000 deaths a year. Experienced cardiologist, Vatsal Inamdar, MD, and the skilled medical team offers comprehensive treatment for the condition, including ventricular tachycardia ablation at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute, with offices in South Tampa and Wesley Chapel, Florida. Dr. Inamdar evaluates your heart health and may recommend ablation when other treatments aren’t working. Find out if ventricular tachycardia ablation is right for you by calling the office nearest you or by booking an appointment online today.
Ventricular tachycardia ablation is a procedure that addresses erratic electrical signals in the lower chambers of your heart that cause your heart to beat improperly, a condition known as ventricular tachycardia.
Ventricular tachycardia causes your heart to beat too quickly, and the ablation procedure is designed to stop erratic electrical signals and restore the normal rhythm of your heart.
You may develop ventricular tachycardia due to cardiomyopathy, a disease of your heart muscle. Ischemic cardiomyopathy means your condition is the result of coronary artery disease or a previous heart attack. Nonischemic cardiomyopathy disease is not related to coronary artery disease.
Typically, ventricular tachycardia ablation isn’t the first line of treatment, and you may need to try medications or other procedures first before Dr. Inamdar at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute recommends ablation.
If other methods do not resolve your fast heartbeat, Dr. Inamdar reviews your overall medical history and current heart health to determine if ablation is right for you.
During ventricular tachycardia ablation, Dr. Inamdar provides you with a sedative to keep you relaxed and comfortable. He makes a small incision in your groin where he inserts a catheter with attached electrodes into a nearby vein. He guides the catheter up into your heart to record electrical activity and better understand where he needs to perform the ablation.
Dr. Inamdar may opt to create scar tissue to disrupt erratic electrical signals inside your heart or outside your heart. The catheter delivers either radiofrequency or extreme cold to damage tissue and cause scarring.
The ventricular tachycardia ablation procedure can take as long as six hours to complete. Following treatment, you’ll spend time in recovery, and Dr. Inamdar closely monitors your condition. You can expect to spend the rest of the evening in the hospital before you’re discharged to rest at home.
In many cases, people experience immediate relief of ventricular tachycardia symptoms and enjoy an enhanced quality of life.
Dr. Inamdar discusses your expectations for results before surgery during your consultation at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute, as there is a risk that your ventricular tachycardia can come back.
Schedule a consultation at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute to discuss the benefits of ventricular tachycardia ablation by calling the office nearest you or by booking a visit online today.