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Table 4 Acute post-procedural complications

From: Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in Korea: results from the Korean Heart Rhythm Society Ablation Registry for Atrial Fibrillation (KARA)

Variables Total (N = 2402)
No complication 2348 (97.8%)
Any complication 54 (2.2%)
 Cardiac tamponade1 15 (0.6%)
 Pericardial effusion 6 (0.2%)
 Pericarditis 3 (0.1%)
 Access site complications2 11 (0.5%)
 Phrenic nerve palsy 5 (0.2%)
 Cerebrovascular accidents3 5 (0.2%)
 Others4 9 (0.4%)
Mode of treatment 54
 Conservative management 32 (59.3%)
 Interventional management 22 (40.7%)
  1. Data are expressed in frequency (percentage)
  2. 1Cardiac tamponade defined as pericardial effusion that required pericardiocentesis or surgical intervention
  3. 2Access site complications included hemorrhage requiring intervention, pseudoaneurysm, and arteriovenous fistula
  4. 3Cerebrovascular accidents included overt cerebral infarction and transient ischemic attack
  5. 4Others included pleural effusion, pneumothorax, coronary spasm, chest pain, bradycardia, sinus node dysfunction, fever, cellulitis, and pulmonary vein stenosis