A 19-year-old female asked:
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i had extra pathway in heart.got heart ablation,they burned 13 times.does higher # burns mean it is less likely to return and higher chance im cured?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Hard to say: My understanding of the procedure is they try to find & ablate the spot they think is the cause, then sit back & see if the rhythm is fixed. They keep doing it until the rhythm pattern normalizes. It could be after 1 time or several. Time will tell if your heart decides to do this from a separate site. Your cardiologist can give you relapse numbers.
Answered on Jan 16, 2019

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