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Cryoablation for atrial fibrillation

Restoring life’s rhythm sooner

If you’ve been diagnosed with AFib, a safe, simple procedure may be an option before or after starting medications. Take a short quiz now to see if it could be right for you.

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.

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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.


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 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.

    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.

    How satisfied are you with your current AFib treatment regimen?

    Why are you dissatisfied with your current AFib treatments?

    Choose all that apply.

    What type of doctor is currently managing your AFib?

    Choose all that apply.

    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.

    You’re almost done! Share your contact details to see if you qualify for the AFib patient outreach program. By submitting this information, a nurse will reach out to you to share more about Medtronic cryoablation.

    This quiz is hosted by Medtronic to help collect your information to connect you with 83bar, a nurse staffed call center, to help educate you on advanced treatment options. Medtronic does not have direct access to the data you submit through this survey. View 83bar and Medtronic privacy policies.

    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.

    Why treat atrial fibrillation?

    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.      

    What are the benefits?

    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.

    What is the procedure like?

    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.

    When ordinary is extraordinary

    Atrial fibrillation almost derailed Tim’s journey to good health. But a revolutionary cryoablation treatment helped the former bodybuilder get back to the life he cherishes.

    Patient stories

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

    Patient stories

    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.

    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. Not every person will receive the same results.

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