- Q Is open heart surgery ever used to treat atrial fibrillation?
Sometimes doctors will perform open heart surgery to treat atrial fibrillation, but only if other treatments don't work or if open heart surgery was going to be performed for other problems as well. Open heart surgery is very invasive, which is why... Full Answer
- Q Is a pacemaker used to treat atrial fibrillation?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineSometimes, but not always. If you have atrial fibrillation, you may need a pacemaker implanted if you undergo a treatment known as catheter ablation. During this procedure, the tissue that controls the rhythm of your heartbeat is destroyed. Since the... Full Answer
- Q What is the surgical maze procedure for chronic atrial fibrillation?
The surgical maze procedure is a highly successful method of controlling chronic atrial fibrillation. During open-heart surgery, doctors create scar tissue in the atria by making a series of cuts. Scar tissue is not a conductor of electricity, so it can... Full Answer
- Q Can chronic atrial fibrillation be treated with surgery?
Not all people with chronic atrial fibrillation benefit from cardioversion. Some people's hearts cannot be reset to a normal rhythm. A surgical option that might be appropriate for them is atrioventricular (AV) node ablation, a procedure that destroys... Full Answer