3 Further information

3.1 The Institute has issued guidance on radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation and cryoablation for atrial fibrillation in association with other cardiac surgery.

3.2 The Institute is also developing interventional procedures guidance on high-intensity focused ultrasound ablation for atrial fibrillation as an associated procedure with other cardiac surgery [Now published as 'High intensity focused ultrasound ablation of atrial tissue for atrial fibrillation as an associated procedure with other cardiac surgery'] and a clinical guideline on atrial fibrillation due to be published in June 2006 [Now published as 'The management of atrial fibrillation'].

Andrew Dillon
Chief Executive
April 2006

Sources of evidence

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

'Interventional procedure overview of percutaneous radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation', May 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.