Ejection fraction

Are There Benefits from a Failed Ablation? Yes!

Yes! There benefits from a catheter ablation even when the patient’s A-Fib has not been eliminated. Research has shown that the intensity or duration A-Fib symptoms may lessen, and medications that were ineffective before the ablation may now work.

Your Ejection Fraction indicates the heart's pumping strength

Your Ejection Fraction indicates the heart’s pumping strength

A-Fib is a progressive disease that over time re-models and changes your heart. One of the remodeling effects of A-Fib is a reduction in the heart’s pumping ability (that’s why you might feel faint or dizzy during an A-Fib episode).

A key indicator of heart health is your Ejection Fraction (EF), a percentage of blood that is pumped out of your heart by the left ventricle during each beat. A heathy heart has an EF between 50 to 75 percent; an EF below 50% means your heart is no longer pumping efficiently. An EF of less than 35% means a seriously weakened heart.

In a meta-analysis of 26 A-Fib research studies, investigators found additional ‘side’ benefits to catheter ablation. The studies involved 1,838 A-Fib patients who had undergone a catheter ablation. Post-ablation follow-up averaged 23 months.

Follow-up data revealed a significant 13% improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction (EF).[su_pullquote align=”right”][bctt tweet=”A catheter ablation can profoundly change one’s life. And, even if you need a second ablation one.” via=”no”][/su_pullquote]

In addition, there was a significant reduction in the number of patients who formerly had an ejection fraction of less than 35%, i.e., their EF ratio improved. (Might these ‘side’ benefits be attributed to an improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction?)

A catheter ablation can profoundly change one’s life—even if you need a second ablation (or a third)—know that you may reap ‘side’ benefits from each ablation.

 

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