Herzschrittmachertherapie + Elektrophysiologie

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 371–376 | Cite as

Atrial fibrillation catheter ablation: an updated review of current guidelines and expert consensus documents

  • Mohammadali Habibi
  • Hugh CalkinsEmail author


Although atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, its management remains complex and depends on several variables. Over the past decade, catheter ablation has been widely used as an effective method for rhythm control in AF patients. Therefore, AF ablation has been the focus of many studies in recent years. Given the complexity of AF management and catheter ablation, several guidelines have been developed to regulate and direct management of AF patients. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC), together with the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) and the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (EACTS), has been regulating the European guidelines, while the American Heart Association (AHA), along with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), is publishing the US guidelines. Additionally, HRS, EHRA, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, along with representatives from heart rhythm societies from different parts of the world, have developed an “expert consensus statement on catheter and surgical ablation of AF.” This article reviews and compares the most recent guidelines and consensus document on AF catheter ablation.


Atrial fibrillation Catheter ablation Sinus rhythm Guideline Expert consensus 

Katheterablation von Vorhofflimmern: eine aktualisierte Übersicht zu Leitlinien und expertenbasierten Konsensuspapieren


Obwohl Vorhofflimmern (VHF) die häufigste Herzrhythmusstörung ist, ist die Therapie weiterhin kompliziert und von verschiedenen Variablen abhängig. In den letzten zehn Jahren hat die Katheterablation als wirksames Verfahren zur Rhythmuskontrolle bei Patienten mit VHF breite Anwendung gefunden. Entsprechend war die VHF-Ablation in den vergangenen Jahren das Thema vieler Studien. Angesichts der Komplexität der VHF-Therapie und Katheterablation wurden mehrere Leitlinien entwickelt, um das Management von Patienten mit VHF zu regeln. Die European Society of Cardiology (ESC) hat in Zusammenarbeit mit der European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) und der European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (EACTS) die europäischen Leitlinien erstellt. Die US-amerikanischen Leitlinien publiziert die American Heart Association (AHA) gemeinsam mit dem American College of Cardiology (ACC) und der Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). Des Weiteren haben die HRS, EHRA und Society of Thoracic Surgeons zusammen mit Vertretern von Gesellschaften für Herzrhythmusstörungen aus verschiedenen Teilen der Welt ein expertenbasiertes Konsensuspapier zur Katheter- und chirurgischen Ablation von VHF erarbeitet („expert consensus statement on catheter and surgical ablation of AF“). Im vorliegenden Beitrag werden die neuesten Leitlinien und das aktuelle Konsensuspapier zur Katheterablation von VHF zusammengefasst und verglichen.


Vorhofflimmern Katheterablation Sinusrhythmus Leitlinie Expertenkonsens 


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Conflict of interest

M. Habibi and H. Calkins declare that they have no competing interests.

For this article no studies with human participants or animals were performed by any of the authors. All studies performed were in accordance with the ethical standards indicated in each case.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of CardiologyThe Johns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA

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