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How risky is an afib cardiac ablation on a 33 yr old with no heart disease or other significant problems other than a cspine herniation. ?

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Dr. Bennett Werner answered

Specializes in Cardiology

>99% of patients who have ablation performed with have no serious complications. 80% will have lasting relief and the rest may need to have the procedure repeated and/or take medication after the ablation.

Answered Dec 20, 2012

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Dr. David Rosenfeld answered

Specializes in Pain Management

If you are otherwise healthy and young the risks are low. Obviously you have significant cardiac rhythm abnormalities.

Answered Dec 20, 2012

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Dr. Jason Rubenstein answered

Specializes in Cardiology

In general it is very low risk; however, atrial fibrillation ablation tends to carry some of the highest risk of any the catheter ablations. The worldwide data shows that af ablations have a risk of death of 0.15%, tamponade 1.3%, pseudoaneursym 0.9%, stroke 0.2%, TIA 0.7%, pv stenosis 0.3, and ae-fistula 0.04%. There is a small risk of pacemaker in some types as well.

Answered Dec 29, 2017

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Dr. John Garner answered

Specializes in Cardiology

You haven't specified what type of ablation you're planning on having, but generally speaking even for the most riskier procedures, with no other health problems, the overall risk of serious complications is 4% or less.

Answered Nov 23, 2012

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