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Could plasmapheresis cause my atrial tachycardia to return? 

I had a cardiac ablation December of last year for atrial tach, and then had plasmapheresis a few months later which caused the atrial tach to return. Why is that?

submitted by Kim  from Texas on 5/5/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Arthur Bracey, MD    

Arthur Bracey, MDPlasmapheresis as is typically performed lowers ionized calcium and magnesium levels. This could prompt arrhythmias - but in my experience this is uncommon among our patients. We do partially replenish with calcium gluconate during plasmapheresis.

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