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.
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.
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
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.