Treatment and Prevention
- Treatment and Prevention
Treatment with Procedures
We don’t usually say AFib is “curable” but we do know that there are treatable causes and options for decreasing the burden from AFib that can –but may not always– keep the AFib from returning.
The Usual First Steps: While medications and electrical cardioversion are common treatment options for atrial fibrillation treatment, they don't cure AFib. However, there are some procedures that can help people achieve long-term success
There are two major approaches to consider if medications aren't working or are failing to help you achieve normal sinus rhythm. Catheter ablation and surgical maze procedures can stop the atrial fibrillation and relieve symptoms for many patients.And what is the definition of being “cured” of atrial fibrillation? Learn more about the goals and areas of the heart that may be the target of these treatment options.When AFib isn’t stopping on its own, you may be encouraged to try electrical cardioversion early in the process to stop the AFib and put the heart back into normal sinus rhythm.In an ablation, a catheter-based energy source is inserted through the groin, neck, or arm and threaded to the heart, where it scars the tissue to block erratic signals from controlling the heart. Catheter ablation is more invasive than cardioversion but less invasive than surgery.Surgical procedures may be considered for people whose AFib does not respond to less invasive measures.