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Should I have a third ablation for my atrial arrhythmias?

I'm 62 have had two ablations the last lasting two years, then I went into atrial flutter. Three days later everything was normal, then 1 month later, now I am in atrial fib again, with heart rate never going above 85. Should I have the 3rd ablation or conversion and then try to find a medicine to maintain heart beat?   

submitted by Jim from Waycross, Georgia on 6/27/2013


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Mohammad Saeed, MD    

Mohammad Saeed, MDIf you have failed 2 ablations then the chances that a 3rd ablation will be successful are low. Best option may be to undergo electrical cardioversion and then take a medicine to maintain normal sinus rhythm. If medicine does not work then you can consider a 3rd ablation versus rate control. These are considerations to discuss with your cardiologist.    

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Updated July 2013
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