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What Is Cardiac Ablation?

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Which Type of Ablation Is Right for My AFib?

You and your doctor will talk about your treatment options for AFib, including ablation. Your treatment plan will depend on the cause of your AFib, whether or not you have symptoms, and your overall heart disease risk factors. Different types of ablation zap different parts of your heart. For some, you may be able to go home the same day. For others, you may need to stay one night or more in the hospital.

Sometimes drugs can treat the atrial fibrillation and maintain a regular rhythm, but they may cause side effects or stop working. In these situations, ablation might be the next option, which can provide a more lasting treatment or cure. Nonsurgical or minimally invasive ablation are successful treatments for most people with AFib. If the first procedure is not successful, often a second procedure will be. The benefit is that you will be able to recover quickly and get back to your normal routine.

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Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum, MD on June 25, 2015
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