Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation to maintain sinus rhythm

Jane Dewire, Hugh Calkins

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Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is an important treatment modality for patients with AF. Although the superiority of catheter ablation of AF over antiarrhythmic drug therapy has been demonstrated in middle aged patients with paroxysmal AF, the role of catheter ablation in other patient subgroups, particularly in the elderly, those with heart failure, and those with long standing persistent AF has not been as well defined. Furthermore, although AF ablation can be performed with reasonable efficacy and safety in experienced hands, late recurrences of AF a year or more following AF ablation are not uncommon. Fortunately the techniques and tools used for AF ablation continue to evolve and it is likely that the outcomes of AF ablation will improve further in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-71
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Atrial Fibrillation
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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