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How Long Should You Be Monitored to Determine Success of an Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Posted Jun 04 2009 8:36am

Eric Oddleifson, a member of the afib patient community, reported from a session at the Heart Rhythm 2009 AF Summit where Dr. James Edgerton presented findings and recommendations on post-procedure monitoring.

After ablation, some doctors rely on patient self-reporting, which can be inaccurate 50% of the time due to silent afib. Through various analyses, Dr. Edgerton reported that a 14-day Holter monitor at regular intervals for a minimum of a year was determined to be most efficacious for post-ablation monitoring.

This is extremely important for determining both the success of the procedure and making decisions regarding discontinuing medication.

If you’re considering a procedure, you’ll want to read Eric’s report.

Read: Be Proactive About Monitoring After Your Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: Report from Heart Rhythm 2009 AF Summit By Eric Oddleifson, Guest Reporter for StopAfib.org

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