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Cardiac Catheter Cryoablation
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Cardiac Catheter Cryoablation?

Cryoablation uses extremely cold temperature to destroy cells. Cardiac catheter cryoablation is used to destroy selected heart cells.

The procedure is done to disable heart cells that are creating an irregular heartbeat ( arrhythmias ). After the procedure, normal heart rhythm should be restored.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have cardiac catheter cryoablation, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Pain at the catheter insertion site
  • Blot clot formation
  • Injuries to blood vessels or the heart
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Heart attack
  • Heart perforation

Your level of risk may be related to the specific arrhythmia that you have and any underlying medical conditions.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the point of...