What is the goal of catheter ablation and surgical treatment for atrial fibrillation (Afib) (AF)?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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The goal of catheter ablation and surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) is to disconnect triggers and/or to modify the substrate for AF. Mapping and radiofrequency (RF) ablation of AF is one of the most complex ablation procedures. Numerous approaches are used depending on the expertise of the cardiac electrophysiologist and characteristics of the AF.


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