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Should i have an afib ablation?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Corrado
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Maybe: This is a decision that is best made with the advise of a cardiac electrphysiology specialist. If proper testing indicates that your arrythmia is due a small and localized area of abnormal heart cells, than you could be a candidate for the proceedure. Paroxismal afib is probably more likely to meet the criteria for successful treatment. Chronic afib is less likely to respond.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Atrial fibrillation: If you want to avoid the necessity of constant blood testing and/or of taking blood thinners, ablating the abnormal electrical pathway in atrial fibrillation is the optimal fix it once and be done with it strategy for this condition.
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 34 years experience
Atrial fibrillation ablation is indicated for the relief of symptoms associated with the rhythm problem. It may have no bearing on the ability to be off blood thinners, depending on other risk factors.
Nov 9, 2012
Dr. John Garner
Dr. John Garner commented
Cardiology 16 years experience
Couldn't agree more w/ Dr. Kaplan. AFib ablation is NOT going to eliminate your need for anticoagulation, even if successful.
Mar 16, 2013
Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
Hypothetically...: Let's make assumptions: you're 36, presumably healthy without other major med problems and you have already failed a trial of 1 or more drugs. You only have afib sometimes. Fine, here's the breakdown. Chance of cure on 1st procedure: 50%. Chance of cure after 2nd procedure: 70%. Recovery time: short. Risk of major complications, ~4% including 1:250-500 of stroke. Pick your ep doc well.
Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Ablation afib: it is a complicated decision.; have your doc explain you pluses and minuses of having an ablation for your specific status/

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