(AF) is the most common arrhythmia encountered by caregivers for the
elderly. A plethora of new, mostly
invasive techniques have evolved to treat patients who remain symptomatic from
this arrhythmia despite attempts at pharmacological therapy. The most widely-used of these new techniques is radiofrequency
ablation, but in select patients, special types of pacemaker, cryoablation, and
surgical maze therapy may be of benefit.
Credits: Sandeep M. Patel, MD; Samuel J. Asirvatham, MD, FHRS, FACC