North Shore patients considering cardiac ablation for atrial fibrillation (AFib) or another type of arrhythmia treatment find excellent options for cardiac ablation surgery at the NSMC Heart Center of North Shore Medical Center.
The NSMC Heart Center was developed in close collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. It is the only heart center on the North Shore with comprehensive cardiac services, including advanced cardiac surgery and the cardiac electrophysiology program. Cardiac ablation surgery is performed by our cardiac electrophysiologists, who evaluate and treat a full range of heart rhythm disturbances such as rapid and slow heart rates, palpitations, lightheadedness and blackout spells.
The cardiac ablation procedure is often recommended for patients experiencing heart arrhythmia – abnormal rate or rhythm of heartbeat. Cardiac ablation for AFib is now a viable alternative to long-term medication, and is revolutionizing management of cardiac arrhythmias.
Cardiac ablation surgery may take anywhere from 3 to 6 hours. While most people do not feel pain during a cardiac ablation surgery, physicians usually provide patients with intravenous medication to help them relax.
In addition to cardiac ablation surgery, patients may come to NSMC Heart Center for a full spectrum of arrhythmia treatments, including: