Surgery to Treat Heart Arrhythmias – patient information to assist informed consent
This RACS patient education pamphlet provides information on surgical ablation to treat heart arrhythmias. The topics discussed include:
- Anatomy and physiology of the heart
- An explanation of heart arrhythmias
- Atrial fibrillation and its risks (such as stroke, congestive heart failure and heart attack)
- Diagnosis of heart arrhythmias
This leaflet can be a useful tool for patients as the surgical ablation procedure is described in detail. Surgical ablation is also described for patients that may be undergoing surgery for other heart problems, such as coronary artery disease or heart valve disease. The surgical methods outlined include:
- Surgical ablation with open heart surgery
- Surgical ablation with minimally invasive mitral valve surgery
- Minimally invasive surgical cardiac ablation
- Hybrid ablation procedure
The possible complications of open heart surgery are listed on to assist the informed-consent process. The specific risks of surgical ablation are also listed, including fluid retention, pericarditis and unusual heart rhythms following surgery.
Mi-tec publishes 31 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons patient information brochures. Surgery to treat heart arrhythmias is described in plain English to assist the patients’ understanding of health information and to help patients make informed decisions. The RACS patient information brochures are printed in five-colour on high-quality A4 sheets.