Is AFib Curable? Which Treatments Are Most Effective?
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.
What’s Next? What are the most common treatment options to consider after medication and electrical cardioversion have been tried?
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.
Follow the links below to learn about AFib treatment goals and options as well as catheter ablation and surgery, including what to expect and the risks and success rates of each.
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. These three surgical procedures vary in their degree of complexity and downtime required for the patient.
What should I know about the most recent developments in AFib treatment?
Having both the electrophysiologist and the surgeon collaborate in the operating suite has led to the latest surgical trend, the hybrid ablation procedure. It incorporates both catheter ablation and a mini maze procedure in a single operation. It is important to explore each type of atrial fibrillation with your doctor to determine the best treatment options for you.
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