Is EVLT safe if you have stage one av block?
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Doctor Answers 7
1st degree heart block is not a contraindication for EVLT
As a cardiac surgeon, I can tell you that it is safe.
Hopefully, the procedure is being done by a board certified physician.
Hratch L Karamanoukian MD FACS
Certified Vein Specialist
EVLT in Los Angeles
I perform vein procedures, including EVLT on patients with heart disease. I would suggest clearance from your cardiologist for the procedure.
Los Angeles Vein Expert
Laser with AV block
Yes it is safe to have laser procedures with AV block. The laser procedure would be localized to the leg.If you have any implanted devices i.e. an ICD device or anything else then you need to discuss with your physician. This is especially important if you have a defibrillator as it cannot be used with radio frequency but can be used with laser
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What a terrific question! EVLT, or endovenous laser therapy, uses a laser to close a problem vein, most commonly one of the saphenous veins in the leg. A laser produces energy (heat) from light waves. During EVLT, the energy produced is absorbed by the vein wall and any blood remaining in the vein, causing a very localized thermal injury or burn. This is similar to burning your hand on a hot stove - only the part the touches the stove is affected. So, the answer is, yes, EVLT is safe if you have stage one AV block. Be sure your care provider knows your entire medical history, including medications, etc.