During the alcohol septal ablation procedure, a small amount of alcohol is injected into the protruding heart wall, causing the “excess” muscle to die and eventually shrink, which allows blood to flow more freely. The procedure is done through a small flexible tube called a catheter that is threaded through a leg vessel and to the heart, similar to how angioplasty is performed to restore blood flow when a person is suffering a heart attack.

One of the more common side effects of alcohol septal ablation is called a “complete heart block,” meaning the electrical impulse from the upper atrial chambers of the heart is not transmitted to the lower ventricular chambers.

Obviously, a better option would be to apply all the strategies I mentioned in my Heart health videos to ensure the heart is functioning optimally, here’s one to help you get started:

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