About Catheter Ablation
If you have atrial fibrillation that is not well controlled by medication, your doctor may recommend catheter ablation. Catheter ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that may lessen the number of episodes or treat your atrial fibrillation.
What Is It?
Catheter ablation is a minimally invasive procedure in which the doctor threads a flexible thin tube (catheter) through the blood vessels to your heart to terminate (ablate) abnormal electrical pathways in the heart tissue.
Benefits and Risks
As with any medical procedure, there are benefits and risks with catheter ablation. An important benefit of successful catheter ablation is that you may lessen the symptoms caused by atrial fibrillation like shortness of breath, fatigue, or weakness. Some of the risks include stroke, pericardial tamponade, narrowing of pulmonary veins, and irritation. Talk to your doctor about all benefits and risks.
Read about the experiences of people who have received catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. You will learn first-hand what life was like for these particular patients, both before and after their procedures.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.