Interesting presentation – BUT – In my opinion the risks of further heart damage or even heart failure posed bu staying in afib are NOT worth the risk. Remember also Afib begets mere afib so do what is possible to get in normal sinus rhythm.
This is an invasive therapy in which a variety of catheters (wires) are inserted through veins in the groin into the heart. The purpose is to ablate (or “zap” away) different areas of the left atrium (the left upper chamber).
Several important factors to keep in mind:
*The success of ablation in patients with paroxysmal AFib is between 60-70%. This is much lower than most other ablations for other heart rhythm disorders. If one has more persistent or permanent AFib that rate drops even further.
*It is not uncommon to require more than one ablation for AFib. Usually 20-30% of patients will require a second or even third procedure.
*This procedure is generally not considered first line therapy , and should be reserved for patients that are quite symptomatic, and have often failed medical treatment.
*One may still have AFib post ablation, and yet have reduced symptoms. The patient may feel better, but may still require blood thinning medication.
*Often, post ablation AADs that were previously unsuccessful now work well. This is know as hybrid therapy — combining more than one treatment modality.
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