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Getting Treated for Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation


Treating atrial fibrillation (AF) is important since atrial fibrillation causes unpleasant symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, or weakness, and may cause a stroke. If you have atrial fibrillation that medication does not help, your doctor may recommend catheter ablation.

Is Catheter Ablation Right for You?

Catheter ablation is a minimally invasive procedure which may treat atrial fibrillation. It may help you relieve AF symptoms and improve quality of life.


Your Healthcare Team

Several types of doctors treat people with atrial fibrillation, but electrophysiologists (heart doctors who specialize in heart rhythms) perform catheter ablation procedures. A good first step is to see your regular doctor.


The Procedure: What to Expect

If your doctor has advised you that catheter ablation may be the best treatment for your atrial fibrillation, you may have some questions about what to expect before, during, and after the catheter ablation procedure.


Keep in Mind

Although many patients benefit from catheter ablation, results may vary. As with any medical procedure, there are benefits and risks. Your doctor can help you decide if catheter ablation is right for you.

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.