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When do people have a surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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Surgical ablation is treatment for Afib, a type of irregular heartbeat. It involves cutting into your chest. People usually have surgical ablation if they are already having valve or bypass surgery for heart disease.

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. Circulation, published August 2005.

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial Fibrillation: Symptoms”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on August 10, 2020

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. Circulation, published August 2005.

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial Fibrillation: Symptoms”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on August 10, 2020

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