3 Further information

NICE has issued guidance on radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation and cryoablation for atrial fibrillation in association with other cardiac surgery. It has also issued guidance on percutaneous radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation.

NICE has issued a guideline on atrial fibrillation.

Sources of evidence

The evidence considered by the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee is described in the following document.

Interventional procedure overview of high-intensity focused ultrasound ablation for atrial fibrillation as an associated procedure with other cardiac surgery, October 2005.

Information for patients

NICE has produced information on this procedure for patients and carers. It explains the nature of the procedure and the guidance issued by NICE, and has been written with patient consent in mind.