I am interested in outcomes of catheter ablation for afib. My wife was injured during the procedure. Since then I have done a lot of research and I am concerned that the benefits of this procedure are being oversold while the risks are downplayed. I would love to hear from those who have undergone the procedure. I urge those considering the procedure to do a lot of research: http://collateral-damage.netView Thread
CardioStar: "A catheter ablation procedure should completely eliminate (100%) one's particular/specific arrhythmia for good."
This from a recent John Mandrola (Heart.org) column:
"Here is Dr Rita Redberg, influential cardiologist and editor of the JAMA Internal Medicine "Less is More" series, said this about ablating AF :[blockquote>"Because ablation has never been studied in a randomized blinded fashion, we cannot know whether patients experience fewer symptoms after ablation because subjective symptoms frequently decrease following a procedure or whether the ablation itself was beneficial. Furthermore, the clinical benefit on survival and morbidity of this invasive procedure, which has substantial procedural risks, remains to be established."
And this: MedPage: Ablation for Afib Dogged by Complications
This study found that catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation — with its promise of drug-free symptom relief and long-term outcome benefits — thus far has been hindered by high rates of periprocedural complications and a frequent need for rehospitalization.
Older age, female sex, prior hospitalization for atrial fibrillation, and recent hospital procedure experience were all associated with a higher risk of complications and/or 30-day readmission after ablation.