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What are the risks of having a catheter ablation procedure?

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Your doctor should explain your risks to you. Sometimes people have bleeding, an infection, or pain where your doctor put in the catheter. More serious and less likely risks include blood clots and unintended damage to tissues in your body, including accidentally puncturing your heart.

SOURCES:  

Cleveland Clinic: “Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure,” “After Catheter Ablation.” Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School: “Patient Guide to Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation.” American Heart Association: “Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF).” Hospital for Special Surgery: “Anesthesiology: Frequently Asked Questions.” Heart Rhythm Society: “Types of Ablations.” NIH: “What Is Catheter Ablation?”









Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 25, 2017

SOURCES:  

Cleveland Clinic: “Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure,” “After Catheter Ablation.” Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School: “Patient Guide to Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation.” American Heart Association: “Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF).” Hospital for Special Surgery: “Anesthesiology: Frequently Asked Questions.” Heart Rhythm Society: “Types of Ablations.” NIH: “What Is Catheter Ablation?”









Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 25, 2017

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