There is something to do after insuccessful Maze procedure in case of prostethic mitral valve?
I refuse to get to answer: AV node Ablation (with pacemaker implant sure..) Must be another way also..
I understand you to say you had your mitral valve replaced (mechanical/biological?) and that a Maze procedure was done at that time to attempt a correction of atrial fibrillation.
Been close to that myself, have had my mitral valve repaired and a Maze procedure done in November of 2007. I came out of surgery in normal sinus rhythm and remained that way for about a month, then I went into atrial flutter and then atrial fibrillation. I have been in AFib since that time and take a beta blocker to hold my heart rate down to below 90 for resting HR and I take Warfarin to mitigate the blood clots and strokes.
I have never had a discussion involving AV node ablation and a pace maker. What AFib symptoms would cause you to consider a this action? I assume you have symptoms and/or risks that can not be ignored.
I would discuss with a doctor what else is possible, for example an ablation. I have been told that failure of the Maze procedure does not mean an ablation for AFib will not work. I am not getting an ablation because my symptoms are low level even though I am in permanent AFib.
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