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Natural Health News Guiding patients into a trance where they visualise a safe place, can help them cope with pain and anxiety during surgical procedures.
Marianne Wetendorff Nørgaard, lead author and a clinical nurse specialist at Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark, presented findings from two studies.
In her first clinical study of visualisation during ablation of atrial fibrulation (AF), the researchers compared outcomes between 76 patients who used visualisation and 71 patients who received conventional care.
Ablation of AF is a lengthy and invasive procedure that involves deliberately creating scars on areas of heart tissue. The scar tissue does not conduct electricity and, doctors believe, this can facilitate a return to a normal regular heart rhythm. There are two main ways in which ablation can be performed: surgically or by catheter (nonsurgically).
All patients were awake during the 2-4 hour treatment and received local anaesthesia plus painkillers when they signalled the nurse …
Ongoing care after your surgery will include checkups with your doctor. During these visits, you may have blood tests, an EKG (electrocardiogram),echocardiography, or a stress test. These tests will show how your heart is working after the surgery. After some types of heart surgery, you'll need to take a blood-thinning medicine. Your doctor will do routine tests to make sure you're getting the right amount of medicine. Your doctor also may recommend lifestyle changes and medicines to help you stay healthy. Lifestyle changes may include quitting smoking, changing your diet, beingphysically active, and reducing and managing stress.
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