Harvard Heart Letter

A no-surgery fix for atrial fibrillation?

Catheter ablation has emerged as a potential treatment for atrial fibrillation, but about half of those who have the procedure need a follow-up, it is not known if the treatment is permanent, and there can be serious side effects. If you decide to explore this procedure, find a doctor who does it often — it takes a lot of practice to do it right. And at least for now, it is probably best to think of catheter ablation as a treatment to keep atrial fibrillation in check, rather than a cure for it.
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