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What is cardiac ablation?

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Cardiac ablation is a procedure to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib), a type of irregular heartbeat. Your doctor may try ablation if medications and resetting your heartbeat -- you may hear that called cardioversion -- don’t work.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?” “Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF),” “Treatment Guidelines of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF),” “Why Atrial Fibrillation (AF or AFib) Matters.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (MAZE).”

Heart Rhythm Society: “Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).”

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: “MAZE Procedure for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation.”

Verma, A. , published August 2005. Circulation

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial Fibrillation: Symptoms”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 3, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?” “Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF),” “Treatment Guidelines of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF),” “Why Atrial Fibrillation (AF or AFib) Matters.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (MAZE).”

Heart Rhythm Society: “Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).”

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: “MAZE Procedure for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation.”

Verma, A. , published August 2005. Circulation

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial Fibrillation: Symptoms”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 3, 2018

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