AV Node Ablation: Pros, Cons, and Considerations

AV Node Ablation: Pros, Cons, and Considerations
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Nagi Azzi and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,

I cannot remember the name of the procedure where they separate the chambers of your heart, and then you rely on your pacemaker to live. It is supposed to cut down on uncontrollable afib. I have been googling about it because I want to find some pros and cons, but I cannot find it. Can you help me? Thank you!"

Answered by Dr. Nagi Azzi

Hello, Thank you for reaching out to Dr.Galen. Please find the below response to your query. 

Yes, in fact, it’s called AV node ablation, and it’s not done on a regular basis. It's only performed when medical treatment fails to regulate atrial fibrillation, especially in slowing the rate, particularly in patients with heart failure, where a regular and slow heart rate around 60 per minute is advised to optimize cardiac function. It's essential to discuss thoroughly with your healthcare provider the potential risks and benefits of this procedure to determine if it's the right option for you. They can provide personalized information based on your medical history and individual circumstances.


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