What Are the Risks of Atrial Fibrillation Ablation?

There are 3 types of atrial fibrillation ablation, including catheter ablation, maze procedure, and AV node ablation. The risks of AFib ablation vary according to its specific type. For example, a patient must take more risks in an open-heart surgery.

Risks of AFib ablation are:

Bleeding or infection at the surgical site or where your catheter was inserted

Damage to your blood vessels

Puncture of your heart

Damage to your heart valves

Damage to your heart’s electrical system, which could worsen your arrhythmia and require a pacemaker to correct

Blood clots in the legs or lungs (venous thromboembolism)

Stroke or heart attack

Narrowing of the veins that carry blood between your lungs and heart (pulmonary vein stenosis)

Death in rare cases

Despite of the risks, catheter ablation is often safe and effective. But you also have to take them into consideration if you are going to have it.

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