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Premature Ventricular Complex (PVC) Ablation Procedure in Dubai at Emirates Hospital Jumeirah. The PVC Ablation Procedure at Emirates Hospitals is performed by our expert US Board-Certified Cardiac Electrophysiologist Dr Khaled Sabeh.

The PVC Ablation Procedure

The PVC ablation procedure is used to treat abnormal heart rhythms originating from the ventricles, the lower chambers of the heart. VPCs are extra heartbeats that occur earlier than the normal heart rhythm, and while they can be benign, they may lead to more serious arrhythmias in some cases.

During the VPC ablation procedure, the patient is usually under conscious sedation or general anesthesia to ensure comfort and safety. Our specialized cardiologist called an electrophysiologist performs the procedure. They use a thin, flexible tube called a catheter, which is inserted through a blood vessel in the groin or arm and guided to the heart using fluoroscopy (X-ray) and electrocardiogram (ECG) mapping.

Once the catheter is in the heart, the electrophysiologist maps the electrical activity to identify the location and source of the abnormal VPCs. Advanced 3D mapping systems may be used to create a detailed picture of the heart’s electrical pathways and help guide the procedure more accurately.

After locating the source of the PVCs, the next step is the ablation itself. The electrophysiologist delivers either radiofrequency energy or cryoablation (extreme cold) through the catheter to create small scars or lesions on the targeted area of abnormal heart tissue. These scars interrupt the abnormal electrical pathways that cause the PVCs, helping to prevent their occurrence in the future.

During the procedure, our electrophysiologist carefully monitors the heart’s electrical activity and may perform additional ablations if there are multiple sources of PVCs. Once all targeted areas have been treated, the catheter is removed, and pressure is applied to the insertion site to prevent bleeding.

Types of PVC Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation uses heat to create the scars, while cryoablation uses extreme cold. The choice of ablation method depends on factors such as the location and characteristics of the PVCs.

Success of PVC Ablation

PVC ablation is generally considered a safe and effective treatment, and most patients experience relief from symptoms related to the abnormal heart rhythms. However, like any medical procedure there are potential risks that our electrophysiologist will discuss with you.

Recovery from PVC ablation

Following the procedure, patients are monitored in a recovery area before being transferred to a hospital room. The recovery period may involve further monitoring of the heart rhythm and providing necessary medications to manage any post-procedure discomfort.

Last update date: 11-07-2024

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