Advantages of an atrioventricular node ablation with a pacemaker include that it has a low risk of serious complications and a high success rate. It can effectively alleviate symptoms caused by an irregular heart rate, as stated by the Frankel Cardiovascular Center.
Patients who do not respond to heart medications or who are not candidates for a curative procedure may undergo AV node ablation with a pacemaker. During the procedure, a cardiologist inserts a catheter into a vein near the AV node in the groin area. When radiofrequency energy passes through the catheter, it destroys the AV node. The cardiologist then implants a pacemaker in the patient to maintain a normal heart rate, according to the Frankel Cardiovascular Center.