Cardiac Catheter Cryoablation
Cryoablation uses extremely cold temperature to destroy cells. Cardiac catheter cryoablation is used to destroy selected heart cells.
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the point of catheter insertion
- Your leg feels cold, turns white or blue, or becomes numb or tingly
- Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting
- Discomfort in the jaw, chest, neck, arms, or upper back
- Lightheadedness or weakness
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
Cryoablation uses extremely cold temperature to destroy cells.
Cardiac catheter cryoablation is used to destroy selected heart cells.
What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
This procedure is done to disable heart cells that are creating an irregular heartbeat called
arrhythmias. After the procedure, normal heart rhythm should be restored.
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have cardiac catheter cryoablation, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Pain at the catheter insertion site
- Blot clot formation
- Injuries to blood vessels or the heart
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Heart attack
- Heart tear
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Chronic diseases
Your level of risk may be related to the specific arrhythmia that you have and any underlying medical conditions.