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Radiofrequency ablation of the pulmonary veins: can it stop atrial fibrillation at its source?

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cleveland Clinic journal of medicine
Publication Date
Volume
68
Issue
1
Identifiers
PMID: 11204363
Source
Medline
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Unknown

Abstract

Recent work from France indicates that many cases of atrial fibrillation arise from foci of rapidly firing cells, most of which are located not within the atria but within the pulmonary veins. Armed with this new knowledge, we are pursuing strategies of permanently preventing atrial fibrillation by destroying these foci using radiofrequency ablation.

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