Submitted by Dr T on January 26, 2013 – 12:00pm
Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome and Atrial Fibrillation (AF) are two different diseases. Both WPW and AF may require ablation. If the procedure was only partially successful, it may need to be repeated.
Being an Athlete doesn’t protect your son from having a serious illness, but I agree with you to not accept a final verdict about the treatment of your son w/o consultation with another cardiologist (who is an EP specialist). The reason: Some patients with WPW are at high risk for Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD).
Risk factors to look for include previous episodes of unexplained syncope (fainting) or palpitations. In his case I’d look for somebody associated with a major (academic) medical center.
Hope this helps,