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The first European registry to evaluate the real-life epidemiology of atrial fibrillation ablation
Date:8/30/2011

prevention of stroke), according to their embolic risk score.
  • 90% underwent the ablation procedure for symptoms but in over one-third expressed a wish for a drug-free lifestyle and the maintenance of a normal heart rhythm.
  • Major complications such as cardiac perforation, cardiac arrest or stroke occurred in 1.2%. Minor complications such as vascular problems at the site of puncture or transient neurological alterations occurred in 7% of patients.
  • At discharge 97% of patients were prescribed anti-coagulants and 67% anti-arrhythmic medication
  • Only one death from a cardiovascular complication occurred. It was not related to the procedure.

    The AFib Ablation Pilot Study provides a reliable assessment of the cardiovascular risk profile of patients with AFib undergoing a first catheter ablation, the evaluation of treatments they receive, and how these factors influence outcome in a real-world setting.

    "Atrial fibrillation is a giant burden on our everyday practice," said Professor Brugada. "Research such as this AFib Ablation registry provides a unique insight into factors which influence therapeutic success and improves our knowledge of the impact catheter ablation has in the management of patients with this heart rhythm disorder."


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