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Atrial Fibrillation - Other Treatment

Electrical cardioversion

Electrical cardioversion uses a low-voltage electrical shock to return an irregular heartbeat to a normal rhythm.

Atrial Fibrillation: Should I Try Electrical Cardioversion?

Catheter ablation

Catheter ablation is a minimally invasive procedure. It destroys the heart tissue that causes atrial fibrillation and that keeps atrial fibrillation going after it starts.

For help deciding whether catheter ablation is a good choice for you, see:

Atrial Fibrillation: Should I Have Catheter Ablation?

AV node ablation is another type of catheter ablation. It does not stop atrial fibrillation but it can relieve symptoms.

Pacemakers

Pacemakers are sometimes needed by people who have atrial fibrillation. The pacemaker does not treat atrial fibrillation itself. The pacemaker is used to treat a slow heart rate (bradycardia) that happens in some people who have atrial fibrillation.

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Last Updated: August 05, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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