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Cryoablation for atrial fibrillation
Restoring life’s rhythm sooner
The Medtronic Arctic Front™ cryoablation system is the only ablation treatment approved by the FDA as a first option for AFib, whether you’ve tried antiarrhythmic drugs or not. Make an informed decision by talking with a heart rhythm specialist about this safe, effective procedure. It may provide long-term relief and improve your quality of life.
AFib is a condition 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.
–Ben, cryoablation patient
Antiarrhythmic drugs are only effective in controlling atrial fibrillation in about half of patients, and many times AFib medication side effects are burdensome. AFib patients often try multiple drugs before seeking treatment from a heart rhythm specialist (electrophysiologist).
Cryoablation is a safe, simple procedure that can offer long-term relief. It is an effective alternative to drugs that may make a positive difference in the way you feel.
Find out if you are eligible for the AFib patient outreach program by answering these questions. This quiz does not diagnose your condition. It is a tool to see if you qualify for outreach. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options.
Cryoablation is a medical procedure that uses cold energy to block unwanted electrical signals in the pulmonary veins. More than 1 million people have been treated with cryoablation.
AFib is a condition that worsens over time. If left untreated, AFib may increase the risk of heart failure and stroke. Reducing or eliminating symptoms can improve quality of life.
With cryoablation, you may get symptom relief and limit the side effects of AFib medications. Patients using cryoablation may be less likely to need repeat ablation or be rehospitalized.
Cryoablation is usually an outpatient procedure, performed by an electrophysiologist, who uses a small incision to access pulmonary veins to freeze and disrupt unwanted signals that cause AFib.
Talk to your doctor to see if this is the right treatment option for you. Your physician should discuss all potential benefits and risks with you. Risks may include stroke, unintended tissue damage, creation of other heart arrhythmias, and death. Although many patients benefit from the use of this treatment, results may vary.
Clint’s AFib made it hard to even get through a workday. After cryoablation, he felt like his old self again.
After Dawn’s cryoablation procedure, she was able to go back to the active lifestyle she enjoyed before AFib.
Nathan says that his life was back from the minute he woke up after his cryoablation, and he’s going full steam now.
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