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Surgical therapy for atrial fibrillation.

Authors
  • Edgerton, James R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of cardiovascular medicine (Hagerstown, Md.)
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2012
Volume
13
Issue
2
Pages
125–130
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2459/JCM.0b013e32834f2321
PMID: 22193835
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

As the most common cardiac arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation has been the subject of investigation for the past few decades. During this time, surgical treatment for patients with this condition has evolved significantly. After the history of surgical therapy for atrial fibrillation is discussed, this article examines current surgical therapeutic options, including the most recent progress on energy sources, concomitant surgical ablation, and minimally invasive surgical ablation for lone atrial fibrillation. The article also highlights the hybrid approaches that are currently being researched.

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