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Yes! There Benefits from a Failed Ablation!

Your Ejection Fraction indicates the heart's pumping strength

Your Ejection Fraction indicates the heart’s pumping strength

Even when the patient’s A-Fib has not been eliminated, there benefits from a catheter ablation

Research has shown that the intensity or duration A-Fib symptoms may lessen, and medications that were ineffective before the ablation may now work.

Heart Health Indicator: Ejection Fraction (EF)

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).

Your Ejection Fraction (EF), is a key indicator of heart health. Your EF is a percentage of blood that is pumped out of your heart by the left ventricle during each beat. A heathly 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.

‘Side’ Benefits to Catheter Ablation

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.

Left Ventricular EF: Follow-up data revealed a significant 13% improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction (EF).

More Patients Improved EF to Above 35%: 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 EF?)

Reap Side Benefits from Each Ablation

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.

For more about your Ejection Fraction (EF), see my article, Catheter Ablation Benefits Your Heart’s Pumping Ability

References for this Article
• Catheter ablation in AF patients improves left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Arrhythmia Watch: An Educational Resource for Cardiac Rhythm Management. October 31, 2014.

• Anselmino, M. et al. Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. Published online September 28, 2014. doi: 10.1161/CIRCEP.114.001938


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