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Regional Medical Center of San Jose
Good Samaritan Hospital

Cardiac Catheter Ablation

Ablation is now a common therapy to treat all types of arrhythmia, including the two most difficult - atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.

The procedure entails threading a catheter through a vein into the trouble spot in the patient’s heart. A pulse of electricity then burns the targeted muscle tissue and kills the nerve cells that cause the irregular heartbeat. The ablation works by creating a lesion or scar in the location of the electrical cells that are causing the arrhythmia.