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Here’s why Cardiac Ablation Devices are Gaining Increasing Popularity Worldwide
Published Date: 28 Mar 2022

Undoubtedly, the elderly population is swiftly growing across the globe, and so are the health issues like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc., which, in turn, is soaring the need to have a robust healthcare infrastructure and technologically advanced treatments to cure more & more people. Such necessities are instigating governments of different countries worldwide to conduct more research & development activities and exhibit new technologies in the treatment of diseases.

Amongst all issues, cardiovascular diseases are the most common and are gaining prevalence among people of different age groups. Hence, the development of treatments & technologies like Cardiac Ablation devices is swiftly gaining momentum worldwide.

Cardiac ablation devices are used when medicines or other treatments do not work or are ineffective in addressing heartbeat irregularities. it is a minimally invasive procedure when the cardiologist inserts a thin & flexible tube in the artery and identifies & cures the misfiring blood vessel causing the irregularities and bringing uniformity in the pumps by destroying the damaged tissue by heating or freezing it. Additionally, the doctor might suggest if a patient also needs a pacemaker to manage heartbeats, yet, it depends on the type of ablation a patient is undergoing. On account of the growing popularity of these devices worldwide, our recent research report has cited that the Global Cardiac Ablation Devices Market is set to register around 16.53% CAGR during the forecast period, i.e., 2022-27.

What is Cardiac Ablation?

Cardiac Ablation is a procedure that involves heating or freezing tissues and making small scars in the heart to stop the unusual triggers responsible for the fluctuations in the heartbeats. This procedure is used extensively for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) treatment, only when medications or other treatments do not show effectiveness.

Cardiac ablations are carried out using the Catheter Ablation method and technologies like radiofrequency or pulmonary vein ablation. In this, the doctor puts a thin & flexible tube called a catheter into the blood vessel, guiding it to the heart. Once it reaches the targeted area, the catheter helps in destroying the troubled areas while regulating the heartbeats.

The Two Prominent Cardiac Ablation Teechnologies

  • Radiofrequency
  • Cryoablation

In Radiofrequency ablation, the doctor uses catheters in the vein to send radiofrequency energies and makes circular scars around the vein to achieve regular heartbeats. On the other hand, Cryoablation is another technology where the catheter inserted in the vein sends a balloon, i.e., tipped with substances for freezing the tissue until it gets scarred, post which heartbeats return to the normal state. 

Possible Risks Involved in Cardiac Ablations

Let's not forget that anything can go wrong at any moment in the medical field, even when the doctor provides all kinds of safety. However, it is not to scare a patient or anyone. Yet, it is always vital to know about the threats involved when you get under the needle. Cited below are the possible risks associated with cardiac ablation procedures:

  • Possibilities of bleeding & infection across areas from where the catheter was inserted
  • The catheter might scarp the blood vessels and cause damages
  • Arrhythmias might happen due to the fluctuations in the electrical system of the heart  
  • Possibilities of blood clotting in areas from where the catheter was inserted, like legs or lungs
  • Cardiac Ablation using a catheter might cause damage to the valves of the heart or punctures in the heart
  • These procedures using a catheter might also narrow down the veins between the led & the lungs. 
  • Increased chances of radiation are another potential risk
  • The kidney might also get damaged from the dye in the process of cardia ablation
  • Death is the most uncertain yet potential risk in any medical treatment. 

These were just a glimpse of risk possibilities that might occur during the cardiac ablation procedure. However, chances are minimal as medical experts take the utmost care in eliminating any possibility of such risks at all times. 

Seeking the Most Suitable Type of Cardiac Ablations

There are different types of cardiac ablations with numerous technologies & an extensive range of devices for treatments. Therefore, it is normal for a patient to confuse between these treatments due to their differences & similarities. Hence, the medical professional explains the condition of the heart along with explaining all the possible treatments & alternatives. As a result, you can be well aware of the treatment. The entire treatment plan depends on the following factors:

  • The cause behind the AFib
  • Possibilities of heart diseases
  • All the relevant symptoms

Since different ablation procedures target every patient differently, they might have to spend a night or two in the hospital. In fact, if everything goes well, the patient might as well be allowed to go home the same day. 

Additionally, do not get scared of the side effects, it is pretty natural. The doctor will help you go through the possible side effects that might happen, and in case there are any signs of difficulties or complications, it can be treated with the help of drugs. Yet, the fact remains prevalent that cardiac ablation will have a much longer effect on the treatment of AFib than drugs. 

Cardiac Ablation is amongst the minimally invasive ablation procedures and has been successful for a vast number of people with AFib. In fact, in cases where the first procedure is not successful, a second cardiac ablation procedure will surely display progress. 

Summing up...

With the increasing number of patients with cardiovascular issues, the healthcare sector is not lacking in bringing advancements & addressing these issues. Governments of different countries worldwide are actively working toward introducing new technologies like radiofrequency & cryoablation catheters in cardiac ablation procedures and encouraging manufacturers to increase their production capabilities for these devices.

Additionally, the growing focus on strengthening the global healthcare sector is also inviting massive investments & developments in cardiac ablation devices. Hence, it is safe to say that the Global Cardiac Ablation Devices Market would significantly expand and generate profitable opportunities for the leading players during the forecast period.

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