All About the Latest Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation



Blood thinners, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, and antiarrhythmics are commonly used to treat AFib.

Quitting smoking, managing stress, getting regular exercise, and eating a healthy diet can help manage AFib.

Lifestyle Changes:

Ablation and pacemaker insertion are two procedures that may be used to treat AFib when medications and lifestyle changes are not effective.


This procedure involves inserting a thin, flexible tube (catheter) into a blood vessel and threading it to the heart. Radiofrequency energy is used to destroy the abnormal tissue causing the irregular rhythm.

Catheter Ablation:

This procedure uses a balloon filled with extremely cold gas to freeze and destroy the abnormal tissue causing AFib.

Cryoballoon Ablation:

This procedure uses laser energy to destroy the abnormal tissue causing AFib.

Laser Ablation:

This is a surgical procedure that involves creating a series of incisions in the heart to create a "maze" of scar tissue that helps regulate the heart's rhythm.

Maze Procedure:

This procedure involves closing off the left atrial appendage, a small pouch in the heart that is a common source of blood clots in people with AFib.

Left Atrial Appendage Closure:

This procedure involves isolating the pulmonary veins, which are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the heart.

Pulmonary Vein Isolation:

Several newer medications, such as novalysin and edoxaban, are being studied for their effectiveness in treating AFib.

Newer Medications:

We recommend that you monitor your heart rate and work with a healthcare provider to determine the best treatment plan for AFib.