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When do you need a cardiac ablation for atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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Drugs can treat your AFib and keep your heart at a regular rhythm, but they may cause side effects or stop working. Ablation might be the next option. It can give you a treatment that lasts longer or cures you.

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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