In this international multi-center survey of ablation procedures for >32,000 patients with afib, the risk of death was 1/1000 (causes of death were tamponade, atria-esophageal fistula, stroke, and pneumonia). Given that this procedure is only indicated to improve quality of life, each patient will need to determine the risk-benefit ratio of this procedure, based on their severity of symptoms (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.