Chapter 38. Ablation Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation

  1. Salim Yusuf DPhil, FRCPC, FRSC Research Chair Professor of Medicine Director Vice President Research8,9,10,
  2. John A Cairns MD, FRCPC Professor of Medicine Former Dean11,
  3. A John Camm MD British Heart Foundation Professor Head of Cardiac12,
  4. Ernest L Fallen MD, FRCPC Professor Emeritus13 and
  5. Bernard J Gersh MB, ChB, DPhil Consultant Professor of Medicine14
  1. Conor D Barrett MD1,
  2. Chi Keong Ching MBBS, MRCP(UK) Consultant Cardiologist2,
  3. Luigi Di Biase MD Research Fellow3,4,
  4. Claude S Elayi MD Assistant Professor5,
  5. David J Burkhardt MD3,
  6. Rodney Horton MD3 and
  7. Andrea Natale MD, FACC, FHRS Executive Medical Director Professor3,6,7

Published Online: 21 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444309768.ch38

Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition

Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition

How to Cite

Barrett, C. D., Ching, C. K., Di Biase, L., Elayi, C. S., Burkhardt, D. J., Horton, R. and Natale, A. (2009) Ablation Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation, in Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition (eds S. Yusuf, J. A. Cairns, A. J. Camm, E. L. Fallen and B. J. Gersh), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444309768.ch38

Editor Information

  1. 8

    McMaster University, Canada

  2. 9

    Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences, Canada

  3. 10

    Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  4. 11

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

  5. 12

    St George's University of London, London, UK

  6. 13

    McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  7. 14

    Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, Boston, MA, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Cardiology, National Heart Centre Singapore, Singapore

  3. 3

    Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute, St David's Medical Center, Austin, TX, USA

  4. 4

    University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy

  5. 5

    Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Gill Heart Institute, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA

  6. 6

    Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA

  7. 7

    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 13 NOV 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159258

Online ISBN: 9781444309768



  • ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation;
  • rhythm control advantages - relief of symptoms;
  • non-ablative rhythm control inadequacy;
  • catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation;
  • randomized controlled trials - catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation;
  • non - randomized trials - atrial fibrillation ablation in patient subgroups;
  • complications of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Advantages of rhythm control

  • Inadequacy of non-ablative rhythm control

  • Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

  • Randomized controlled trials of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

  • Non-randomized trials of atrial fibrillation ablation in patient subgroups

  • Complications of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

  • Conclusion

  • References