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Cryoablation for atrial fibrillation

Restoring life’s rhythm sooner

If you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, cryoablation may be an option before or after starting medications. Take a short quiz now to find out if it could be right for you.

The Medtronic Arctic Front™ cryoablation system is the first and only ablation treatment approved by the FDA as a first treatment option for AFib, whether you’ve tried controlling it with antiarrythmic drugs or not.

Make an informed decision by talking with a heart rhythm specialist (also known as an electrophysiologist) about this safe, effective procedure. It may give you long-term relief and improve your quality of life.

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AFib is a disease that worsens over time. If left untreated, it may lead to an increased risk of stroke and heart problems. Early treatment with cryoablation may slow the worsening of AFib compared to treatment with medications alone, and provide better symptom relief.


After the cryoablation, I felt great. I don’t worry about AFib anymore. I have my life back.“


–Sue, cryoablation patient

Cryoablation patient Sue

Many AFib patients try multiple antiarrhythmic medications before seeking advanced treatment from an electrophysiologist. Antiarrhythmic medications may cause side effects or may not provide long-term symptom relief for every patient.

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Many AFib patients try multiple antiarrhythmic medications before seeking advanced treatment from an electrophysiologist. Antiarrhythmic medications may cause side effects or may not provide long-term symptom relief for every patient.


After a while I wasn’t seeing any success from medication. The cryoablation was amazing. My quality of life now is 100%.“


–Ben, cryoablation patient

Cryoablation patient Ben

Cryoablation vs. medication

Antiarrhythmic drugs are only effective in controlling AFib in about half of patients, and many times the side effects are burdensome.

Cryoablation is a safe, minimally invasive procedure, and can offer long-term relief. It is an effective alternative to antiarrhythmic drugs that may make a positive difference in the way you feel.


Take the quiz now

Find out if cryoablation may be the right choice to treat your AFib by answering these questions.

    Has a doctor ever diagnosed you with Atrial Fibrillation?

    Atrial Fibrillation, also known as AFib or AF, is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

    Please answer the rest of the questions as if you are the person with AFib

    Have you ever experienced any of the following AFib symptoms?

    Choose all that apply.

    Have you ever tried any of the following treatments for your AFib?

    Choose all that apply.

    Which of the following procedures have you tried to manage your AFib?

    Choose all that apply.

    How satisfied are you with your current AFib treatment regimen?

    Why are you dissatisfied with your current AFib treatments?

    Choose all that apply.

    How often do you skip or forget to take your AFib medications?

    Why have you skipped or forgotten AFib medication in the past?

    Choose all that apply.

    What type of doctor is currently managing your AFib?

    Choose all that apply.

    Would you consider consulting a specialist for a second opinion about your AFib?

    This Quiz is being provided by Medtronic

    These therapies are not for everyone, and experiences can and do vary. This quiz is not a substitute for seeking medical care. Please talk to a doctor about your condition and the risks and benefits of Medtronic devices.

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    Medical disclaimer

    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.

    Patient stories

    Clint’s AFib made it hard to even get through a workday. After cryoablation, he felt like his old self again.

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    After Dawn’s cryoablation procedure, she was able to go back to the active lifestyle she enjoyed before AFib.

    Patient stories

    Nathan says that his life was back from the minute he woke up after his cryoablation, and he’s going full steam now.

    Not every person will receive the same results. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options.

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