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How does cardiac ablation treat atrial fibrillation?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Radiofrequency ablation is a nonsurgical procedure that treats rapid, uncoordinated heartbeats. A catheter is threaded into your inner heart and positioned on the chamber of your heart causing the rapid beating. Using radiofrequency energy, the catheter's tip destroys a small portion of heart tissue responsible for the rapid beating. The procedure is safe and painless, using a frequency similar to a pulse of microwave heat. The success rate for ablation therapy is over 90 percent, and it is the primary method for treating rapid heartbeats.

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