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Is it possible for cardiac ablation to cause mitral valve problems?

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Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Not typically

It is unusual for valve damage to occur in the setting of catheter ablation.
Damage could occur due to puncture of a valve leaflet or related to extensive ablation around the valve ring. A mapping catheter with a spiral configuration could get caught in the chordae, the strings which attach the valve leaflets to the muscle, and tear one or more of them.

In brief: Not typically

It is unusual for valve damage to occur in the setting of catheter ablation.
Damage could occur due to puncture of a valve leaflet or related to extensive ablation around the valve ring. A mapping catheter with a spiral configuration could get caught in the chordae, the strings which attach the valve leaflets to the muscle, and tear one or more of them.
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
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Dr. John Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: If not careful

The mitral valve is a delicate structure in a location not far from where we perform several ablations.
If radiofrequency energy is applied directly to the mitral valve, damage can result. In addition, the catheter can puncture the mitral valve causing a small to large leak. Fortunately, these complications are rare when the procedure is performed by skilled and experienced personnel.

In brief: If not careful

The mitral valve is a delicate structure in a location not far from where we perform several ablations.
If radiofrequency energy is applied directly to the mitral valve, damage can result. In addition, the catheter can puncture the mitral valve causing a small to large leak. Fortunately, these complications are rare when the procedure is performed by skilled and experienced personnel.
Dr. John Garner
Dr. John Garner
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