Adventures in Cardiology : A great story , must read by all interventional cardiologist & electrophysiologists !
Posted Dec 19 2009 9:11am
This is a real life experience of a patient who underwent a electrophysiology study and ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation .The blog describes the how the procedure became a nightmare .Written in a most readable fashion. Interventional cardiologists need not get hurt by this narration instead they should do a reality check on the dangers of the some of the complex procedures !
Atrial fibrillation is one of the relatively benign cardiac arrhythmia , that can be treated with simple and effective drugs . Now we have strong evidence to say rate control is equally , if not more effective than the rhythm control modalities .
The RF ablation , which aims at rhythm control is a too complex a procedure with lots of expertise technology .
This should be reserved as a last resort in an occasional pateint who had exhausted all other options .
Patients should realise , the consent forms they sign before any new and innovative procedure is always incomplete and he may be the first person to experience a new complication hitherto unreported .
A cath lab is run by a team , you can’t expect the chief doctor to be on your side always. Many of the procedures are done by either experienced or inexperienced fellows . That’s only the way medicine can be practiced !
So beware all patients , modern medicine is nothing but experiments on live humans !