Complications of Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: How To Prevent Them

  • Giuseppe de Martino
  • Giovanna Rodio
  • Carmine Mancusi
  • Stefano De Vivo
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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 [1], 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 [2].


Atrial Fibrillation Pulmonary Vein Cardiac Tamponade Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Left Atrial Appendage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe de Martino
    • 1
  • Giovanna Rodio
    • 2
  • Carmine Mancusi
    • 1
  • Stefano De Vivo
    • 3
  1. 1.Arrhythmology and Decompensation DivisionSanta Maria HospitalBari
  2. 2.Cardiology DivisionAltamura HospitalAltamura (BA)
  3. 3.Cardiology DivisionMonaldi HospitalNaplesItaly

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