The Heart Rhythm Society defines AFib
by the duration of the AFib episode.
The longer one is consistently in AFib,
the further along AFib is on the progression scale.
AFib is a progressive disease, meaning it gets worst if left untreated.
The stages of AFib are:1
Symptoms and effectiveness of treatment may
worsen if left untreated so early diagnosis and
treatment are critical to overcoming AFib.
After suffering from sleep apnea, John
was diagnosed with AFib. He tried
medications but they didn't work so he
underwent a catheter procedure to treat
his AFib. Watch this video to learn how
John lost 30 pounds after his procedure.
As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. Only a cardiologist or
electrophysiologist can determine whether ablation is an appropriate course of treatment. There
are potential risks including bleeding, swelling or bruising at the catheter insertion site, and
infection. More serious complications are rare, which can include damage to the heart or blood
vessels; blood clots (which may lead to stroke); heart attack, or death. These risks need to be
discussed with your doctor and recovery takes time. The success of this procedure depends on
many factors, including your physical condition and your body's ability to tolerate the procedure.
Use care in the selection of your doctors and hospital, based on their skill and experience.
1. Hugh Calkins, Gerhard Hindricks, Ricardo Cappato, et al. 2017 HRS/EHRA/ECAS/APHRS/SOLAECE expert consensus
statement on catheter ablation and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation. 2017.
2. Odutayo A, Wong CX, Hsiao AJ, Hopewell S, Altman DG et al. (2016) Atrial fibrillation and risks of cardiovascular disease, renal disease, and death: systematic review and meta-analysis. Bmj 354 i4482.
Catheters are approved for drug refractory recurrent symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation,
when used with CARTO® 3
Systems (excluding NAVISTAR® RMT THERMOCOOL®Catheter).
Caution: US law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician.
Important information: Prior to use, refer to the instructions for use supplied with this device for indications,
contraindications, side effects,
warnings and precautions.