Complications of Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: How To Prevent Them
In recent years, increasing surgical experience in high-volume centers, greater consistency in surgical technique, and the support of sophisticated electromedical navigation tools have increased the success treatment of atrial fibrillation ablation to 80% after the first procedure and to > 90% after the second procedure. Moreover, these results are associated with a progressive decrease in the incidence of complications. According to the data in Table 1, taken from a study published in 2003–2004 , major complications associated with the ablation of all pulmonary veins outside the tubular segment occurred in 2.9% of cases, as reported by the six leading centers that have adopted this approach. This compares favorably with the 5.9% reported in a worldwide survey of such procedures performed between 1995 and 2002 .
KeywordsAtrial Fibrillation Pulmonary Vein Cardiac Tamponade Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Left Atrial Appendage
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