• Call Now!  (770) 962-0399
  • |

  • |

  • English Spanish
  • Cardiovascular Group and Northside Hospital are pleased to announce the signing of a Practice Services Agreement, signifying a major leap forward in cardiovascular patient care and clinical leadership in the Atlanta region.

    If your date of service is after June 1st 2021 use the button below to pay your bill online.



    What are the risks of atrial fibrillation ablation?
    01/15/2019

    What are the risks of atrial fibrillation ablation?

    Major complications are rare, but can be serious. The most concerning are stroke, atrial esophageal fistula and death. Strokes are usually caused by blood clots in the heart, and therefore we prescribe anticoagulants around the time of ablation. A risk peculiar to atrial fibrillation ablation is damage to the esophagus, which passes directly behind the left atrium. In rare cases, a hole can form between the atrium and the esophagus which can be lethal. We therefore monitor the esophageal temperature during ablation and prescribe acid blockers afterwards to protect the esophagus.

    Have A Question?
    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
    678-582-8586
    Request An Appointment