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Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18061004     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia associated with significant morbidity including angina, heart failure and stroke. Medical therapy remains suboptimal with significant side effects and toxicities, as well as a high recurrence rate. Catheter ablation or modification of the atrio-ventricular node with pacemaker implantation provides rate control but subjects the patient to the risks of an implantable device and does nothing to reduce the risk of stroke. Pulmonary vein antrum isolation offers a nonpharmacologic means of restoring sinus rhythm, thereby eliminating the morbidity of atrial fibrillation and the need for anti-arrhythmic drugs.
Thomas D Callahan; Andrea Natale
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical clinics of North America     Volume:  92     ISSN:  0025-7125     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Clin. North Am.     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-06     Completed Date:  2008-02-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985236R     Medline TA:  Med Clin North Am     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  179-201, xii     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology, Cleveland Clinic, F15, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Atrial Fibrillation / physiopathology,  surgery*
Catheter Ablation / methods*
Heart Conduction System / surgery
Heart Rate / physiology
Treatment Outcome

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