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Handb Clin Neurol. 2014;119:151-60. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-7020-4086-3.00011-4.

Neurologic complications of catheter ablation/defibrillators/pacemakers.

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  • 1Cardiovascular Institute, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL, USA. Electronic address:
  • 2Cardiovascular Institute, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL, USA.


Approaches to the management of patients with cardiac arrhythmias have significantly evolved over the last decade, with advancement in catheter ablation and device implantation techniques. As the techniques and tools evolve, so does our understanding of the possible complications from these procedures. The focus of this chapter is discussion of the neurologic complications involved with catheter ablation, pacemaker and defibrillation implantation, with the focus on timely diagnosis, and management strategies.

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Atrial fibrillation; cardiac device implantation; catheter ablation; neurologic complications; stroke

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