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Is ablation the only option available for afib? How effective or successful is it?

Is ablation the only option available for afib? How effective or successful is it?

No, Somewhat: No - there are medical therapies and surgical therapies as well. First ablation procedures w/ current technique are generally 50% effective at eliminating either the rhythm or all symptoms of the rhythm. With a touchup procedure, that generally goes up to ~70%. Many electrophysiologists like to claim higher rates, but these numbers reflect the best published data from some very good centers. ...Read more

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Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness ...Read more


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Failed tykocin therapy for afib ablation not an option due ivc filter amiodarone only other drug option offered side effect? Any other options

Failed tykocin  therapy for afib ablation not an   option due ivc filter amiodarone only other drug option offered  side effect? Any other options

Depends: In order to safely prescribe medication for a fib it is important to know more about your heart, specifically whether there are any abnormalities. There are drugs other than amiodarone and tikosyn (dofetilide) but the do not have the same efficacy (success rate ). ...Read more

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Should I have an afib ablation?

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. ...Read more

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Been 4 months since i had afib ablation, had 3 episodes , is my procedure unsuccessful?

Been 4 months since i had afib ablation, had 3 episodes , is my procedure unsuccessful?

Probably: Not. Sounds like it was not successful. You may reguire additional ablation therapy and/or antiarrythmic medication. See your cardiologist. ...Read more

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I have afib episodes every few months. Should I have ablation before it gets to be more frequent or persistent?

I have afib episodes every few months. Should I have ablation before it gets to be more frequent or persistent?

May want to: Discuss "pill in the pocket" approach for rare afib...I think an electrophysiologist consultation would be best way to answer your question as some people are much better candidates for ablation than others. ...Read more

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Have proxsymal afib had two cases of a pe have a filter when should I consider an ablation?

Cox Maze: Lone standing(not associated with valvular disease) atrial fibrillation may be cured with the cox maze procedure. Dr. Sirak at ohio state university has excellent cure rates performing the operation videothoracoscopically. I advise you go see him and his cardiology electrophysiology team. ...Read more

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Should my father get an ablation for his afib?

Hard to answer: In this short space, it's a difficult question to answer. We don't know ur father - I suggest getting him on HeathTap Prime or talking w/ a doctor to get a good opinion. Generally, ablation is used when afib is symptomatic, causing problems, persistent despite max medical treatment, & recurrent despite cardioversion. Only a doc w/ access to his records cd determine if he meets these criteria. ...Read more

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Why am i taking metoprolol after an afib catheter ablation?

Why am i taking metoprolol after an afib catheter ablation?

Ablation: After ablation there usually is a period of arrhythmia, the metoprolol is to minimize this. Often a second ablation is needed for afib, the metoprolol helps control rate if af recurs. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Ablation (Definition)

Cardiac ablation involves destruction of tissue aimed at elimination of sources of origin or propagation of arrhythmias. It may also be used to destroy part of the heart in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Typically it is done with a catheter inserted through a ...Read more


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