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Recurrent Afib is more common than anyone would like after ablation, but did you know you may have the most power in whether your Afib procedure is successful, or not?

 

If you have had an Afib ablation procedure, or are thinking about having one, you’re not alone. More 20 million Afib ablation procedures are done each year in the US. You likely know Afib ablation can be an effective treatment for select people with Afib, but it’s not perfect.

Recurrent Afib is more common than anyone would like after ablation, but did you know you may have the most power in whether your Afib procedure is successful, or not?

 

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Getting the best results after Afib ablation

You want the best results from your Afib ablation, and you know there are many factors that are important such as the experience of the doctor and the hospital, or how long have you had Afib.

However, you may not be aware there are strategies you can follow that are likely even more essential important in whether you have recurrent Afib after ablation or not.

The unfortunate reality is Afib tends to get worse over time. The reason for this in most cases is the underlying cause of the Afib is not addressed. And when we don’t address the underlying cause, we are unlikely to cure the problem.

An analogy would be treating chest pain caused by a heart attack with pain killers, and not by opening the blocked artery. This approach would not make sense to anyone, and the same thing applies for Afib.

To get the best results, we need to address the underlying cause.

 

Address the underlying cause of AFib for better ablation results

The power of treating the cause or the risk factors for Afib was demonstrated in a research study called ARREST-AF.

In this trial, the researchers evaluated people who had an Afib ablation who were then randomized to treatment that addressed the cause of the Afib compared to usual care.

The specific causes of Afib addressed in this study were:

  • Unhealthy weight
  • Uncontrolled blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Sleep apnea
  • Smoking
  • Excess alcohol

 

Results of this AFib ablation study

The results were remarkable. Those in the treatment group lost 29 pounds on average while lowering their blood pressure, blood sugars, number of medications, and their amount of recurrent Afib.

At the end of the study, those who treated their underlying risk factors for Afib were 87% likely to be free of Afib. Those who did not, only 18% were free of Afib.

 

In summary,

If you have had an Afib ablation, or are going to have one, it is essential that you have the knowledge and support you need to ensure a successful result.

Talk to your doctor about the ways you can lower your risk from Afib. And if you would like to learn more about how our MD Team Healthy Weight Program helps those with Afib lower their risk, click the link below. And if you don’t connect with us, find a doctor and the support you need to lower your risk from Afib and give yourself the best chance for a successful Afib ablation.

 

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