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Cardiac/Catheter Ablations in South Africa

Hospitals and medical centers in South Africa performing Ablations for treating septum hypertrophy (TASH) and cardiac arrhythmias.

Life Healthcare Hospital Group

Life Healthcare is a leading private hospital operator in South Africa and primarily serves the market for privately insured individuals, representing approximately eight million people. The group provides mainly acute care, high technology private hospital services.


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Netcare Group

Netcare Group provides innovative, quality healthcare in South Africa and the United Kingdom.


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About Cardiac Ablations

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is Catheter Ablation?
Catheter ablation is a treatment procedure performed to treat some kinds of arrhythmia, in which there are problems related to the heartbeat rhythm.

How is Catheter Ablation Performed?

  • An ablation catheter, which is a thin, long and flexible tube, is inserted into a blood vessel in the arm, groin or neck.
  • The catheter is guided into the heart thought the blood vessel.
  • Radiofrequency (RF) energy is sent from a special machine through the ablation catheter into the heart.
  • Tissues of the heart where abnormal heartbeats occur are destroyed by the energy.

How to Prepare for Catheter Ablation?
  • A comprehensive electrophysiologic study (EPS) needs to be done before a catheter ablation procedure.
  • Various tests including chest X-ray, ECG and blood tests need to be conducted before the procedure.
  • Some medications need to be stopped a few days before the procedure.
  • Sedative medication will be given through an intravenous line.

Duration of procedure/surgery : 4 to 8 hours

Days admitted : Overnight, if there are no complications.

Anesthesia : Local anesthesia

Recovery : - The patient needs to stay in bed for 1 to 6 hours after the procedure.
- The patient is monitored using a telemetry monitor to observe the heart rate and rhythm.
- There may be chest discomfort and feelings of fatigue for about 2 days after the procedure.

Risks : - Pain
- Bleeding
- Infection
- Blood clots
- Puncture

After care : - The patient should follow the doctor’s instructions carefully.
- If there is prolonged chest discomfort, the doctor should be informed immediately.
- Anti-arrhythmic medication needs to be taken after the procedure.
- The patient should not drive for a few days after the procedure.

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