Ablation Specialist

Heart Rhythm Associates, LLC

Van H. De Bruyn, MD, FACC, FHRS

General Cardiology & Cardiac Electrophysiology located in Little Rock, AR

If you’re experiencing heart arrhythmias, you could need cardiac ablation. Van H. De Bruyn, MD, founded Heart Rhythm Associates LLC in Central Arkansas to provide the most advanced cardiac services to Little Rock and the surrounding area. These services include surgical treatments like ablation. For more information on arrhythmias and ablation, call Heart Rhythm Associates or schedule an appointment online today.

Ablation Q & A

What is ablation?

Cardiac ablation is a surgical technique to correct arrhythmias – abnormal heart rhythms.

During an ablation, Dr. De Bruyn applies heat, cold, or laser energy to the damaged area in your heart causing your arrhythmia. This short-circuits the heart’s electrical system and corrects your heart rhythm.

The different types of heart ablation include:

  • Atrial flutter ablation
  • Pulmonary vein isolation
  • SVT ablation
  • Ventricular tachycardia ablation

Some ablation procedures require a hospital stay.

Why would I need cardiac ablation?

Dr. De Bruyn will recommend ablation to correct your heart arrhythmia for several reasons:

  • You haven’t responded to conservative treatments like medication
  • Your arrhythmia medications cause adverse side effects
  • You’re at risk for serious complications like sudden cardiac arrest

Certain heart arrhythmias respond better to ablation than others, so Dr. De Bruyn might recommend it in those cases as well.

What can I expect during my ablation procedure?

Dr. De Bruyn performs ablation in a hospital setting, where you receive sedatives or general anesthetic to keep you relaxed and comfortable. They also numb the small area where Dr. De Bruyn places a small tube in your vein to insert the catheter.

As Dr. De Bruyn guides the catheter to your heart, he injects a special dye that works with X-ray imaging to create detailed images of your blood vessels and heart. When he locates the abnormal tissue causing your heart rhythm problems, he uses the catheter tip to deliver energy to the site.

Most ablation procedures last 3-6 hours, but they can take longer.

What can I expect after cardiac ablation?

You could feel sore after your procedure, but this typically fades within a week. In many cases, you can resume regular activity within a few days following your procedure.

Dr. De Bruyn recommends ablation to cure arrhythmias, but you might need to continue taking medications after your treatment. He also works closely with you to develop lifestyle changes to improve your heart health and manage other conditions that can affect your heart rhythms.

Lifestyle changes to improve your heart health include:

  • Quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol
  • Following a heart-healthy diet low in salt
  • Increasing your physical activity
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

It’s also important to manage strong emotions and stress levels to protect your heart.

Call Heart Rhythm Associates or schedule an appointment online today.