All patients receiving therapy for atrial fibrillation – whether catheter ablation or surgical therapy - require lifelong follow up to monitor anticoagulation, heart rate and rhythm.
The ultimate goal in selected patients is to maintain normal AV sinus rhythm using ablation procedures and without medications to correct the rhythm. Patients receive have a 2-4 week monitoring of their heart rhythm at six months, one year and two years after the procedure to document absence of atrial fibrillation. Patients who remain free from atrial fibrillation for a long period may be evaluated for possible cessation of the use of warfarin, the drug used to prevent strokes.
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