Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

What are potential risks or complications of AF ablation procedure?

atrial fibrillation ablation is a complex and technically challenging procedure. Potential complications include (but is not limited to) very small risk of embolic stroke, cardiac perforation requiring pericardiocentesis/surgery and pulmonary vein stenosis. Catastrophic complications (heart attack, stroke, esophageal injury and death) are extremely rare.

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Is there a ablation procedure to cure atrial fibrillation?

Left atrial ablation and isolation of all four pulmonary veins, using a (wide area) circumferential ablation technique is proving to be successful for many patients with atrial fibrillation. The procedure caries a 60-85% sucess rate with small risk of complications. The procedure is indicated for those patients:     * with a history of symptomatic (chronic, persistent or paroxysmal) atrial fibrillation     * those who have failed, remain refractory or are intolerant to antiarrhythmic drugs

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