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How do you prepare for ablation?

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You may need to stop taking some medications in the days before your procedure, including blood thinners and medicines for your heart rate and rhythm. The night before, you should stop eating and drinking after midnight and wash with antibacterial soap.

Your doctor will give you specific instructions for the kind of ablation you're having.

SOURCES:

European Heart Journal: "Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is associated with lower incidence of stroke and death: data from Swedish Health Registries."

Mayo Clinic: "Cardiac ablation: How you prepare."

UCSF Cardiology: "Ablation Procedure."

USC Cardiothoracic Surgery: "A Patient's Guide to Heart Surgery."

Cedars-Sinai: "Preparing for Maze Surgery."

American Heart Association: "Ablation for Arrhythmias."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Catheter Ablation."

Medtronic: "The Procedure: What to Expect – Catheter Ablation: Atrial Fibrillation."

Chicago Heart Surgery: "Mini-Maze Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation."

StopAfib.org: "Mini Maze Procedure Risks."

OpenHeart (BMJ) : "Long-term outcomes after ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation: An observational study over 6 years."

University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center: "Catheter Ablation."

Cleveland Clinic: "Heart Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation (MAZE)."

Peter J. Wells, MD; cardiologist, Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital, Dallas.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 07, 2017

SOURCES:

European Heart Journal: "Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is associated with lower incidence of stroke and death: data from Swedish Health Registries."

Mayo Clinic: "Cardiac ablation: How you prepare."

UCSF Cardiology: "Ablation Procedure."

USC Cardiothoracic Surgery: "A Patient's Guide to Heart Surgery."

Cedars-Sinai: "Preparing for Maze Surgery."

American Heart Association: "Ablation for Arrhythmias."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Catheter Ablation."

Medtronic: "The Procedure: What to Expect – Catheter Ablation: Atrial Fibrillation."

Chicago Heart Surgery: "Mini-Maze Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation."

StopAfib.org: "Mini Maze Procedure Risks."

OpenHeart (BMJ) : "Long-term outcomes after ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation: An observational study over 6 years."

University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center: "Catheter Ablation."

Cleveland Clinic: "Heart Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation (MAZE)."

Peter J. Wells, MD; cardiologist, Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital, Dallas.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 07, 2017

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