Chapter 39. Atrial Fibrillation: Non-Pharmacologic Therapies

  1. Salim Yusuf1,
  2. John A Cairns2,
  3. A John Camm3,
  4. Ernest L Fallen4 and
  5. Bernard J Gersh5
  1. Sanjeev Saksena and
  2. Andrew J Einstein

Published Online: 4 OCT 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470986882.ch39

Evidence-based Cardiology, Second Edition

Evidence-based Cardiology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Saksena, S. and Einstein, A. J. (2002) Atrial Fibrillation: Non-Pharmacologic Therapies, in Evidence-based Cardiology, Second Edition (eds S. Yusuf, J. A. Cairns, A. J. Camm, E. L. Fallen and B. J. Gersh), BMJ Books, London, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470986882.ch39

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Research Chair, Senior Scientist of the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Director of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine, McMaster, University, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Canada

  2. 2

    Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  3. 3

    Professor of Clinical Cardiology and Chief, Department of Cardiological Sciences, St George's Hospital Medical School, London, UK

  4. 4

    Professor Emeritus, McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Hamilton, Canada

  5. 5

    Consultant in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic; Professor of Medicine, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 OCT 2007
  2. Published Print: 20 NOV 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780727916990

Online ISBN: 9780470986882



  • atrial fibrillation;
  • single site atrial pacing;
  • device therapy;
  • dualsite right atrial pacing;
  • implantable atrial defibrillator


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Single site atrial pacing

  • Dualsite right atrial pacing

  • The implantable atrial defibrillator

  • Intraoperative ablation

  • Catheter ablation for rhythm control: trigger ablation

  • Catheter ablation for rhythm control: substrate ablation

  • Rate control strategies: catheter ablation and modification of the AV conducting system

  • Stroke prevention strategy

  • Conclusions