Electrophysiology - catheter ablation
To ablate means to remove or burn - in this case tiny amounts of tissue from the surface of the heart. Catheter ablation is a procedure that is used to destroy very small amounts of abnormal heart tissue that is responsible for your heart rhythm problems.
There are various energy sources doctors can choose to produce lesions to treat heart rhythm problems via catheter ablation. The treatment applications used at Intra are radiofrequency (RF) ablation and cryoablation.
The use of radiofrequency (RF) waves to burn tissue is a well-established treatment for arrhythmias. The evolution of cryothermal (cold-energy) known as cryoablation, means this is also becoming a frequently used technology.
Although medications are frequently used to treat rapid heart rhythms, they may be ineffective or cause side effects, and in addition must be continued indefinitely.
Nowadays surgery to treat arrhythmias has been almost completely superseded by catheter ablation because the risk is much lower.
Catheter ablation is a relatively low-risk procedure with relatively high success rates. When successful, catheter ablation should permanently cure the problem you have been experiencing.