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What tests will I undergo before having a catheter ablation to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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  • Before your procedure, you doctor may ask you to undergo some tests. They will tell your doctor more about your heart and overall health. They may include: Blood tests
  • Chest X-ray
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of your chest
  • Echocardiogram

SOURCES:  

Cleveland Clinic: “Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure,” “After Catheter Ablation.” Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School: “Patient Guide to Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation.” American Heart Association: “Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF).” Hospital for Special Surgery: “Anesthesiology: Frequently Asked Questions.” Heart Rhythm Society: “Types of Ablations.” NIH: “What Is Catheter Ablation?”









Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 25, 2017

SOURCES:  

Cleveland Clinic: “Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure,” “After Catheter Ablation.” Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School: “Patient Guide to Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation.” American Heart Association: “Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF).” Hospital for Special Surgery: “Anesthesiology: Frequently Asked Questions.” Heart Rhythm Society: “Types of Ablations.” NIH: “What Is Catheter Ablation?”









Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 25, 2017

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