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What are the cons of a pacemaker for atrial fibrillation?

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The surgery to put in the device is safe, but there are some risks, such as:

Sometimes the impulses your pacemaker sends to your heart can cause discomfort. You may be dizzy, or feel a throbbing in your neck. Once you have one put in, you might have to keep your distance from objects that give off a strong magnetic field, because they could affect the electrical signals from your pacemaker.

  • Bleeding or bruising in the area where your doctor places the pacemaker
  • Infection
  • Damaged blood vessel
  • Collapsed lung
  • If there are problems with the device, you may need another surgery to fix it.

SOURCES:

AHRQ: "Radiofrequency Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation: A Guide for Adults."

American Heart Association: "Non-surgical procedures for atrial fibrillation," "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Pulmonary vein isolation ablation."

Haegeli, Laurent M. , July 2014. European Heart Journal

January, Craig T. , 2014. Circulation

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Catheter Ablation for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

Mount Sinai St. Luke's: "A patient guide to atrial fibrillation and catheter ablation."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Does a Pacemaker Work?" "How Will a Pacemaker Affect My Lifestyle?" "What are the Risks of Pacemaker Surgery?" "What to Expect During Pacemaker Surgery."

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: "HRS/EHRA/ECAS Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: Recommendations for Personnel, Policy, Procedures, and Follow-Up."

The University of Chicago Medicine: "Surgical Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on December 4, 2017

SOURCES:

AHRQ: "Radiofrequency Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation: A Guide for Adults."

American Heart Association: "Non-surgical procedures for atrial fibrillation," "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Pulmonary vein isolation ablation."

Haegeli, Laurent M. , July 2014. European Heart Journal

January, Craig T. , 2014. Circulation

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Catheter Ablation for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

Mount Sinai St. Luke's: "A patient guide to atrial fibrillation and catheter ablation."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Does a Pacemaker Work?" "How Will a Pacemaker Affect My Lifestyle?" "What are the Risks of Pacemaker Surgery?" "What to Expect During Pacemaker Surgery."

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: "HRS/EHRA/ECAS Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: Recommendations for Personnel, Policy, Procedures, and Follow-Up."

The University of Chicago Medicine: "Surgical Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on December 4, 2017

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