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What is catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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Catheter ablation, also called radiofrequency or pulmonary vein ablation, isn’t surgery, and it’s the least invasive option. Your doctor puts a thin, flexible tube into a blood vessel in your leg or neck. Then, it's guided to your heart.

Your doctor uses heat, cold, or radio energy to scar some tissue inside your heart, where the irregular beats are triggered. The treated tissue helps get your heartbeat regular again.

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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