Cardiologist, Bruce Lindsay, MD, is Section Head, Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing, Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. He discusses the success rate of ablation (an abnormal heart beat). The procedure can be up to 95 percent successful in treating some abnormalities. However, in some cases the success of the procedure depends on the underlying cause of arrhythmia. Based on the variables of a patient’s heart disease, each person needs to be evaluated individually.
Atrial fibrillation is a potentially serious condition. The irregular heartbeat associated with AFib can cause blood to pool in the atria, which can result in the formation of clots. These blood clots can travel from the heart to the brain, where they can lead to a stroke. Strokes associated with AFib can be about twice as likely to be fatal or severely disabling as non-AFib-related strokes. “Learning you or someone you love has atrial fibrillation can be overwhelming and scary, especially when you hear about the increased risk of stroke,” said Lucci.
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