Dr. Su shares how an electrophysiologist knows which catheter ablation procedure is best for a patient.
There are many clues that will give us to see where we may have to ablate. Sometimes by looking at the clues that we have, whether it is surface electrocardiogram, recording of the abnormal rhythm. There are some classic points in the heart that we may have to target after. If that’s one of the spot that we think that we may have to target, often I would schedule this procedure at a facility that has cryoablation.
There I would also cover some facilities that do not have that, and there are times where I am in there doing the ablation, and it’s then that I find out, ‘gosh, I have to be very, very close to some critical point, I don’t want to damage.' Then I essentially will abandon the procedure there and reschedule this procedure at a facility that has cryoablation.
Dr. Su, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Dr. Wilber Su is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Cardiac Electrophysiology, and is on staff at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Maricopa County Medical Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Banner Desert Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his undergraduate degree with honors in biomedical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), and attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He also trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. He is involved in ongoing studies on national trials to improve complex arrhythmia treatments and mentors electrophysiologists across the country on complex ablations and cardiac device implantation techniques. Dr. Su specializes in atrial fibrillation ablation, arrhythmia ablations, Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICD) among other heart conditions and procedures.
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