What Is VT Ablation? By Jaydutt Patel, MD

Ventricular tachycardia ablation (VT ablation) is a process that corrects a potentially fatal heart condition that causes the heart to beat too quickly. To understand how a VT ablation works, it helps to understand what the name means. “Ventricular” indicates that the problem takes place in the lower chambers of the heart, called the ventricles. “Tachycardia” means, roughly, “fast heart.” The problem in patients with ventricular tachycardia is that the ventricles of their heart pump blood too quickly, at a rate of 120 to 300 beats per minute, rather than the standard 60 to 100 beats per minute. “Ablation” is the process of removing some tissue in the body.

VT ablation refers to the process of burning (cauterizing) the tiny sections of the heart responsible for triggering too-fast heartbeats. This procedure is largely possible thanks to two factors: first, imaging technology allows cardiologists to locate the exact places on the heart that cause the excessive beating; and second, devices such as implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) help maintain normal heart rhythms during and following surgery.

About Jaydutt Patel, MD

Dr. Jaydutt Patel, a cardiac electrophysiologist who practices in Erie, Pennsylvania, has performed VT ablations on patients to eliminate the symptoms associated with ventricular tachycardia.

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About Dr. Jaydutt Patel MD

As one of 11 heart specialists known collectively as Consultants in Cardiovascular Diseases, Inc. (CICDI), Dr. Jaydutt Patel serves on an elite team of physicians with a high level of expertise in diagnosis of and intervention in cardiac conditions. Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dr. Jaydutt Patel and his colleagues perform in-office nuclear cardiac testing and echocardiography, with a lab fully accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories. Among other heart-related conditions, Dr. Jaydutt Patel treats ventricular and supraventricular arrhythmias at CICDI. Arrhythmia, or abnormal beating of the heart, typically poses a danger because it results in lower levels of blood transport to the rest of the body. Ventricular simply refers to problems in the heart’s two lower chambers, and supraventricular to those that occur in the upper chambers. Catheter ablation, another area of expertise for Dr. Jaydutt Patel, consists of inserting an electrode catheter, a long, thin, flexible wire, into the heart and sending heat through it. This procedure enables a skilled cardiac electrophysiologist such as Dr. Jaydutt Patel to reach and destroy an abnormal electrical pathway that causes heart arrhythmia. Trained heart physicians such as Dr. Patel may implant a pacemaker or defibrillator to solve heart-rate problems. A pacemaker speeds up a habitually slow heartbeat and a defibrillator tends to return an abnormally fast heartbeat to a more normal pace. Dr. Jaydutt Patel has training and experience with placement and removal of both devices. Dr. Patel has demonstrated particular expertise with the Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD): he co-authored an article titled “ICD Implantation in Patients with Ischemic Left Ventricular Dysfunction,” which appeared in the February 2009 issue of the journal Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Patel’s article considers implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy as a tool for recognizing patients who have an increased potential for sudden and fatal cardiac arrest and who would likely benefit from ICD therapy.
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