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What complications can happen after open-heart maze procedure for atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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An open-heart maze procedure is more complicated, so there are more things that may happen. You run the risk of:

Because it's surgery, there is a slim chance you might die from having a maze procedure.

  • Pneumonia
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • New heart rhythm problems

SOURCES:

European Heart Journal: "Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is associated with lower incidence of stroke and death: data from Swedish Health Registries."

Mayo Clinic: "Cardiac ablation: How you prepare."

UCSF Cardiology: "Ablation Procedure."

USC Cardiothoracic Surgery: "A Patient's Guide to Heart Surgery."

Cedars-Sinai: "Preparing for Maze Surgery."

American Heart Association: "Ablation for Arrhythmias."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Catheter Ablation."

Medtronic: "The Procedure: What to Expect – Catheter Ablation: Atrial Fibrillation."

Chicago Heart Surgery: "Mini-Maze Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation."

StopAfib.org: "Mini Maze Procedure Risks."

OpenHeart (BMJ) : "Long-term outcomes after ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation: An observational study over 6 years."

University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center: "Catheter Ablation."

Cleveland Clinic: "Heart Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation (MAZE)."

Peter J. Wells, MD; cardiologist, Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital, Dallas.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 07, 2017

SOURCES:

European Heart Journal: "Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is associated with lower incidence of stroke and death: data from Swedish Health Registries."

Mayo Clinic: "Cardiac ablation: How you prepare."

UCSF Cardiology: "Ablation Procedure."

USC Cardiothoracic Surgery: "A Patient's Guide to Heart Surgery."

Cedars-Sinai: "Preparing for Maze Surgery."

American Heart Association: "Ablation for Arrhythmias."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Catheter Ablation."

Medtronic: "The Procedure: What to Expect – Catheter Ablation: Atrial Fibrillation."

Chicago Heart Surgery: "Mini-Maze Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation."

StopAfib.org: "Mini Maze Procedure Risks."

OpenHeart (BMJ) : "Long-term outcomes after ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation: An observational study over 6 years."

University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center: "Catheter Ablation."

Cleveland Clinic: "Heart Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation (MAZE)."

Peter J. Wells, MD; cardiologist, Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital, Dallas.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 07, 2017

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