My dad had an ablation procedure in '09 that was unsuccessful and just had his 2nd one this month. Less than 2 weeks after his ablation, he went into fibrillation that lasted about 12 hours. Is this a sign that the procedure did not work? He is very concerned.
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IT is common to have atrial fibrillation up to 3 months after an ablation in patient who have persistent or chronic atrial fibrillation. This is how long it takes for the atrium to heal and during that process various rhythms including AF aren't uncommon. It does not mean that the proceudre wasn't successful. There is a higher chance, however, that he may need additional medications in addition to the ablation to control his AF because foci other than pulmnary veins may be involved.
Thank you very much for your note. It's good to know that fibrillation post procedure isn't uncommon. His doctor said that it didn't necessarily meant that it didn't work and I was hoping to get some other validation to make him feel a bit more encouraged. It is interesting what you said about the medication. Do you have any statistics regarding fibrillation post procedure or any more information that I could share with him? Thank you again!
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