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What are my options if other treatments don't work for my paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

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If other treatments don't work for you, your doctor might recommend a procedure called ablation. He'll put a wire into your heart through a vein in one of your arms or legs. The wire carries energy that destroys groups of cells that might be blocking your heart's electrical signals. This works about 75% to 80% of the time.

Your doctor also might recommend you change your diet, get more exercise, or quit habits like smoking, which raises your risk of heart disease.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is Atrial Fibrillation?"

American Family Physician: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association: "Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Atrial Fibrillation."

American Family Physician: "Catheter Ablation of Supraventricular Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is Atrial Fibrillation?"

American Family Physician: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association: "Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Atrial Fibrillation."

American Family Physician: "Catheter Ablation of Supraventricular Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

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