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.
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