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Ablation May Be Best Option for Your AFib

Happy CoupleA new study shows that performing catheter ablation on patients who have atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart beat) along with heart failure yields better outcomes than treating the irregular heartbeat with a medication.

There are only two or three medications that can be used for atrial fibrillation. The study looked at the drug amiodarone. It was presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology earlier this year.

Walid Saliba, MD, a Cleveland Clinic electrophysiologist, says this study was different from previous studies comparing amiodarone to ablation because it only looked at patients who also have heart failure.

“Keeping this group of patients out of atrial fibrillation is definitely an unmet need today,” he says. “They have higher hospitalization rates and higher recurrence rates of atrial fibrillation because it tends to co-exist with heart failure.”

Learn more about catheter ablations.