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Surgery for atrial fibrillation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17621445     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained disturbance of cardiac rhythm, affecting an estimated 2.3 million people in North America and 4.5 million people in the European Union. Although af is associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and increased health care costs, more-precise and less-invasive surgical ablation procedures have been developed. Specific cardiac sites emitting the aberrant, premature electrical signals that induce AF are ablated, which results in excellent cure rates and allows normal sinus rhythm to resume. These procedures can be performed with or without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass, through either traditional sternotomy or minimally invasive thoracotomy incisions.
Patricia C Seifert; Jill Collins; Niv Ad
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AORN journal     Volume:  86     ISSN:  0001-2092     ISO Abbreviation:  AORN J     Publication Date:  2007 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-10     Completed Date:  2007-10-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372403     Medline TA:  AORN J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  23-40; quiz 41-4     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Copyright Information:
(c) AORN, Inc, 2007.
Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, Falls Church, VA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Atrial Fibrillation / nursing*,  physiopathology,  surgery*
Perioperative Nursing*
Risk Factors
Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive

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