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When should your doctor consider Maze surgery for atrial fibrillation?

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Your doctor might consider Maze surgery if:

  • AFib medications don't control your symptoms, or they cause serious side effects.
  • You have AFib and are having heart surgery for other reasons. For instance, the surgery may be to treat valve disease or blocked coronary arteries.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial fibrillation ablation: Maze.”

StopAfib.org: “Cox Maze III Procedure.”

Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery : “A brief overview of surgery for atrial fibrillation.”

Heart Rhythm Society: “Types of Ablations.”

Keck School of Medicine of USC: “Robotic-Assisted Maze Surgery.”

Texas Heart Institute: "Maze surgery."

Cleveland Clinic: "Heart Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation (MAZE)."

American Heart Association: “Ablation for Arrhythmias,” "Why Atrial Fibrillation Matters."

University of Washington School of Medicine and Public Health: "Robotic Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation."

Adventist Heart Institute: "Hybrid Maze, TT Maze, Mini-Maze, Modified Maze or Surgical Ablation -- The Most Advanced Technique to Treat A-Fib."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial fibrillation ablation: Maze.”

StopAfib.org: “Cox Maze III Procedure.”

Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery : “A brief overview of surgery for atrial fibrillation.”

Heart Rhythm Society: “Types of Ablations.”

Keck School of Medicine of USC: “Robotic-Assisted Maze Surgery.”

Texas Heart Institute: "Maze surgery."

Cleveland Clinic: "Heart Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation (MAZE)."

American Heart Association: “Ablation for Arrhythmias,” "Why Atrial Fibrillation Matters."

University of Washington School of Medicine and Public Health: "Robotic Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation."

Adventist Heart Institute: "Hybrid Maze, TT Maze, Mini-Maze, Modified Maze or Surgical Ablation -- The Most Advanced Technique to Treat A-Fib."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2018

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