Catheter Ablation

At Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute, our electrophysiologists use minimally invasive techniques and advanced technology to safely access your heart and stop abnormal rhythms where they start.

How catheter ablation works

During an ablation procedure, doctors destroy targeted areas of heart tissue to block irregular electrical patterns. Your procedures may take two to four hours to complete. Following your treatment, you’ll need to lie still for a few hours. You can expect to go home later that day, or the next day.

Catheter ablation options at Henry Ford

Our electrophysiologists expertly perform ablation procedures in our dedicated EP Labs. These labs feature special equipment that allow our doctors to test the electrical activity of your heart.

We use the latest ablation methods available today. Your doctor will talk to you about the approach that is best for you. Our advanced treatments include:

  • Stereotaxis GentleTouch™ Magnetic Treatment System: Using a series of robotically controlled magnets, we pinpoint the source of your arrhythmia with great accuracy. Soft-tipped catheters ensure safe handling of your delicate heart tissue
  • Arctic Front® Cardiac Cryoablation Catheters: Unlike other systems, which use heat, our experts use special gas that cools rapidly under pressure to freeze areas of heart tissue. Also known as cryoablation, this method allows our experts better control over the treatment site, making sure we only block the faulty areas of your heart’s electrical system.
  • Carto® 3 System: Using magnets and electrical currents, our experts create exquisite three-dimensional images of your heart in real time. These images allow our team to apply treatments with extreme precision. The system also uses catheters with special pressure tip sensors that pinpoint and remove unhealthy tissue.

Read more about our Electrophysiology Services.

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