Symptom challenges after atrial fibrillation ablation.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: It is unclear what symptom challenges occur during the recovery phase after atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. OBJECTIVES: This longitudinal pilot study explored the patient perspective of the first six months following an AF ablation. METHODS: Telephone interviews and questionnaires were used with 20 patients at baseline, at 1, 3, and 6 months after AF ablation. Telephone interview data were analyzed using content analysis. Longitudinal outcomes were analyzed using repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA). RESULTS: Mean age was 65 ± 7 years and the sample was 55% female. The severity and duration of fatigue was the most concerning symptom. Patient expectations differed from providers' expectations. Recovery was a much slower process than patients expected. CONCLUSIONS: Patients struggled to manage symptoms after AF ablation. A more accurate understanding of the symptom challenges following AF ablation could lead to development of more realistic education to improve patient self-management.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wood, KA; Barnes, AH; Paul, S; Hines, KA; Jackson, KP

Published Date

  • November 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 425 - 431

PubMed ID

  • 28923248

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28923248

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-3288

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2017.08.007


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States