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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How successful is an AF ablation?

    I'm having unbearable episodes and it has come down to me having an ablation
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    Dr Andrei Catanchin

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Catanchin is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist managing atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders with medication, devices (ie. pacemakers, defibrillators) and catheter ablation. He … View Profile

    Many things affect the success including patient, equipment, operator, etc.

    Most studies report chance of success at 50-80% depending on the type of AF and other factors. Advancing age, heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), sleep apnoea, other medical conditions all push the figure down while young age and the absence of the above increase success.

    Another very important factor is whether your AF comes and goes or is persistent, the latter being more challenging.

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