Complications arising from catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation: Temporal trends and predictors

Hana Hoyt, Aditya Bhonsale, Karuna Chilukuri, Fawaz Alhumaid, Matthew Needleman, David Edwards, Ashul Govil, Saman Nazarian, Alan Cheng, Charles A. Henrikson, Sunil Sinha, Joseph Marine, Ronald D Berger, Hugh Calkins, David D Spragg

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Background: The reported complication rate of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) varies. Objective: Our goal was to assess temporal trends and the effect of both institutional and individual operators' experience on the incidence of complications. Methods: All patients undergoing AF ablation at Johns Hopkins Hospital between February 2001 and December 2010 were prospectively enrolled in a database. Major complications were defined as those that were life-threatening, resulted in permanent harm, required intervention, or significantly prolonged hospitalization. Results: Fifty-six major complications occurred in 1190 procedures (4.7%). The majority of complications were vascular (18; 1.5%), followed by pericardial tamponade (13; 1.1%) and cerebrovascular accident (12; 1.1%). No cases of death or atrioesophageal fistula occurred. The overall complication rate decreased from 11.1% in 2002 to 1.6% in 2010 (P 2 score of 2 score of 2 score of

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1869-1874
Number of pages6
JournalHeart Rhythm
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2011



  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Catheter ablation
  • Complication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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Hoyt, H., Bhonsale, A., Chilukuri, K., Alhumaid, F., Needleman, M., Edwards, D., Govil, A., Nazarian, S., Cheng, A., Henrikson, C. A., Sinha, S., Marine, J., Berger, R. D., Calkins, H., & Spragg, D. D. (2011). Complications arising from catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation: Temporal trends and predictors. Heart Rhythm, 8(12), 1869-1874.