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Review Article

Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation: Specific Considerations for the Old Age

Table 2

Major complication rates in a worldwide survey of catheter ablation for AF in 16,309 patients from Cappato et al. [56].

Type of complicationRate, %

Death0.15
Tamponade1.31
Pneumothorax0.09
Hemothorax0.02
Sepsis0.01
Phrenic nerve palsy0.17
Femoral pseudoaneurysm0.93
Arteriovenous fistulae0.545
Valve damage/requiring surgery0.07
Atrio-esophageal fistulae0.04
Stroke0.23
Transient ischemic attack0.71
PV stenoses requiring intervention0.29

Total4.54

PV: pulmonary vein.

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