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What is ablation for atrial fibrillation?

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Your doctor burns off the tiny parts of your heart that are causing the abnormal beats. He or she threads a thin tube, called a catheter, through a blood vessel in your leg or groin up to your heart.

Energy travels through the tube. It burns off the areas of tissue that cause the abnormal signals. Scars form in the burned areas and block any abnormal electrical signals.

After some ablation procedures, you'll need a pacemaker to keep your heart in rhythm.

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation Medications," "Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?" "What is Cardioversion?"

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: "Atrial Fibrillation Surgery -- Maze Procedure."

UAB Medicine: "Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion."

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep Apnea.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation Medications," "Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?" "What is Cardioversion?"

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: "Atrial Fibrillation Surgery -- Maze Procedure."

UAB Medicine: "Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion."

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep Apnea.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

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