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How does radiofrequency ablation work in treating atrial fibrillation?

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In radiofrequency ablation, a doctor uses catheters to send radiofrequency energy (similar to microwave heat) to create circular scars around each vein or group of veins.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial fibrillation ablation: Maze.”

StopAfib.org: “Cox Maze III Procedure.”

Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery : “A brief overview of surgery for atrial fibrillation.”

Heart Rhythm Society: “Types of Ablations.”

Keck School of Medicine of USC: “Robotic-Assisted Maze Surgery.”

Texas Heart Institute: "Maze surgery."

Cleveland Clinic: "Heart Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation (MAZE)."

American Heart Association: “Ablation for Arrhythmias,” "Why Atrial Fibrillation Matters."

University of Washington School of Medicine and Public Health: "Robotic Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation."

Adventist Heart Institute: "Hybrid Maze, TT Maze, Mini-Maze, Modified Maze or Surgical Ablation -- The Most Advanced Technique to Treat A-Fib."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial fibrillation ablation: Maze.”

StopAfib.org: “Cox Maze III Procedure.”

Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery : “A brief overview of surgery for atrial fibrillation.”

Heart Rhythm Society: “Types of Ablations.”

Keck School of Medicine of USC: “Robotic-Assisted Maze Surgery.”

Texas Heart Institute: "Maze surgery."

Cleveland Clinic: "Heart Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation (MAZE)."

American Heart Association: “Ablation for Arrhythmias,” "Why Atrial Fibrillation Matters."

University of Washington School of Medicine and Public Health: "Robotic Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation."

Adventist Heart Institute: "Hybrid Maze, TT Maze, Mini-Maze, Modified Maze or Surgical Ablation -- The Most Advanced Technique to Treat A-Fib."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2018

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