Treatment with Procedures

Treatment with Procedures


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.

AFib Treatment: What Is Normal Sinus Rhythm?


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.

Using Electrical Cardioversion For Atrial Fibrillation


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.

Treating Atrial Fibrillation with Catheter Ablation


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.

Treating Atrial Fibrillation with AV Node Ablation?


Learn more about what AV node ablation is, some important considerations prior to having this procedure, and who may be a candidate.

Treating Atrial Fibrillation with 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.

Recent Discussions From The Providers Office Forum
Marcolandin avatar

Does anyone know a great doctor for afib in Houston, everyone tells me to go to st. Luke’s hospital but I would like something more specific. I had an ablation last year and I still go into afib everyday. I even was placed on more meds. I’m 34 and I know there is no “cure” but going into afib everyday keeps me from working out and enjoying trips with friends and family. Thank you for the help

Geronimo avatar

I've had Afib for over a year and during that time have had an ablation and 10+ Cardioversions. I went back into AFib 3 weeks ago and couldn't be cardioverted out this time so question on the table is if I should go back for the 2nd Ablation. I'm wondering if I should just live with the symptoms or go for the 2nd ablation. The past year hasn't been fun living in constant fear of when/if I will go back into Afib, looking out for possible triggers (no canfine, no alchohol, limited excercise, etc.)  not to mention I hate being Cardioverted every 40-90 days. It seems like I might be better off just accepting my persistent Afib with the associated sysmptoms and living my life as is. Has anyone else gone through this thought process? Any idea of what the long term impact is if I take this course of action?

Deb M avatar

I am going into the hospital next Wednesday for "tikosyn load". My doctor's office is not very forthcoming with information. Can anyone tell me what to expect? How is the load done and monitored? Is the load constant through IV or only at particular times? Do you have to actually lay in a bed for 3 days or can you get up and move around? Can you shower? What should you take to the hospital with you? Were you able to have visitors? How long before you can resume normal activies when you return home? Has being on this medication changed your life style?I would appreciate any advice anyone has. Thank you.

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