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A catheter ablation may be done if there is a problem with your child's heartbeat (heart rhythm). This procedure destroys (ablates) tiny areas of the heart that are causing the heart rhythm problem. This should not affect the heart's ability to do its job.
The doctor puts thin tubes called catheters into blood vessels in your child's groin, arm, or neck. The tubes are guided to your child's heart. There is an electrode at the tip of each tube. The electrode helps the doctor find the problem areas. Then the doctor uses the electrode to send energy to destroy the areas of heart tissue that are causing the problem.
Your child will get medicines to feel relaxed or to sleep. Medicines also numb the areas where the catheters go in. Your child may feel a little pressure when the catheters go in.
After an ablation, your child may have to stay in the hospital.
Procedures can be stressful for both your child and you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's procedure.
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Current as of: September 7, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Caroline S. Rhoads MD - Internal Medicine & Stephen Fort MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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