Complications: Early and late after ablation

Antonio Sorgente, Riccardo Cappato

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This chapter discusses the complications of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation and possible strategies to reduce their incidence and limiting harm to patients. Complications of AF ablation may range from local to life-threatening conditions. Complications of AF ablation can be classified as early, when they occur during the procedure itself and late if they occur within 30 days thereafter. According to the worldwide AF ablation survey, cardiac tamponade was found to be the most common fatal complication leading to cardiac arrest during or after AF ablation. Late complications of AF catheter ablation should be considered as any adverse event, which usually happens after the procedure, occurring within a temporal frame of 30 days or is clearly related to the procedure. Patient's safety is paramount and is the most important rule electrophysiologists (especially if young or inexperienced) need to respect in the context of AF ablation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPractical Guide to Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: Second Edition
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781118658369
ISBN (Print)9781118658505
Publication statusPublished - Dec 5 2015


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cardiac tamponade
  • Catheter ablation
  • Hemorrhagic complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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