Dr. Su describes how successful catheter ablations are for treating heart arrhythmias.
The catheter ablation’s success rate depends on what type of arrhythmia. More frequently and not for abnormal circuits, single points or very defined circuits, the success rate can be over 98% to be able to get rid of that and say it's cured for good. On the other hand, more complex abnormal rhythm like atrial fibrillation, success rate ranges between 40 to 70%, depending on what type of abnormal rhythm, and those are not one single point or one simple circuit. I wish they all are. Then I can confidently say you’re cured, but it really depends on what type of abnormal rhythm. But the good news is that more or so often than not, there is a cure for it.
Dr. Su, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Dr. Wilber Su is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Cardiac Electrophysiology, and is on staff at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Maricopa County Medical Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Banner Desert Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his undergraduate degree with honors in biomedical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), and attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He also trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. He is involved in ongoing studies on national trials to improve complex arrhythmia treatments and mentors electrophysiologists across the country on complex ablations and cardiac device implantation techniques. Dr. Su specializes in atrial fibrillation ablation, arrhythmia ablations, Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICD) among other heart conditions and procedures.
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