Catheter ablation has some risks, including bleeding, infection, blood vessel damage, heart damage, arrhythmias, and blood clots. There also may be a very slight risk of cancer from radiation used during catheter ablation.
What can go wrong with a cardiac ablation?
Problems with cardiac ablation can include: Bleeding or infection where the catheter went in. Damaged blood vessels if the catheter scrapes them. Arrhythmias caused by damage to your hearts electrical system.
What happens if catheter ablation doesnt work?
Ablation has serious risks, although they are rare. They include stroke and death. If ablation doesnt work the first time, you may need to have it done again.
Does catheter ablation increase life expectancy?
“The study findings show the benefit of catheter ablation extends beyond improving quality of life for adults with atrial fibrillation. If successful, ablation improves life span.”
How long does an ablation last?
Cardiac ablation usually takes three to six hours to complete (but it can vary a lot based on the type of arrhythmia you have). Afterward, youll be taken to a recovery area for a few hours where doctors and nurses will closely monitor you.
How long does it take to heal after ablation?
Common Symptoms After Ablation The ablated (or destroyed) areas of tissue inside your heart may take up to eight weeks to heal. You may still have arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) during the first few weeks after your ablation. During this time, you may need anti-arrhythmic medications or other treatment.