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Most EPs- ElectroPhysiologists- are trigger happy with ablation procedures and will quote to the patients the “cure rates” from the various ablation procedures based on the specific condition, with numbers generally around the 95%-98% “cure rate”. But what they don’t tell you is what this actually means. Or why so many patients seem to need a second or third ablation procedure, which doesn’t seem to affect their near perfect “cure rate”. That’s because the “cure” is defined by the lack of pathological reactivity of the heart tissue during the procedure, just after they cauterize the heart muscle tissue. What happens the next day or the next month or next year after that doesn’t concern them or their “cure rate”. So don’t be misled. As far as I can tell most ablations are not curative and lead to more procedures.