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Should I have an afib ablation?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. John Garner
Dr. John Garner
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Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ablation afib

it is a complicated decision.
; have your doc explain you pluses and minuses of having an ablation for your specific status/

In brief: Ablation afib

it is a complicated decision.
; have your doc explain you pluses and minuses of having an ablation for your specific status/
Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Colin Kerr
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2 comments
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
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.
Dr. John Garner
Couldn't agree more w/ Dr. Kaplan. AFib ablation is NOT going to eliminate your need for anticoagulation, even if successful.
Dr. Peter Corrado
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Peter Corrado
Dr. Peter Corrado
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