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Which type of ablation for atrial fibrillation (AFib) is right for me?

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You and your doctor will talk about your treatment options for AFib, including ablation. Your plan will depend on:

  • The cause of your AFib
  • Whether you have symptoms
  • Your chances of having 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. , 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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