3 Further information

3.1 The Institute has published guidance on microwave ablation for atrial fibrillation and cryoablation for atrial fibrillation. The Institute is also currently developing a guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation. [Now published as 'The management of atrial fibrillation'].

3.2 The Institute has recently been notified of radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation [Guidance now published as 'Percutaneous radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation'].

Andrew Dillon
Chief Executive
May 2005

Sources of evidence

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

'Interventional procedure overview of radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation in association with other cardiac surgery', July 2004.

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.