Title

A Non-Surgeon's Guide to Surgical Management of Atrial Fibrillation

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia associated with substantial increases in death, heart failure, and stroke. It is important for healthcare providers in all fields to also gain an understanding of the novel techniques used in surgical treatment of AF. Clinicians must now decide between many different options. There are modified Maze procedures, catheter-based or minimally invasive surgical approaches to isolate the triggers and foci in the left atrium responsible for AF. A recently proposed radial approach can also be employed in substitution of the traditional geographical maze surgery. Finally, different energy sources, such as cryoablation, radiofrequency, microwave, and laser, can be used to create lesions in the atrium. Especially in the fields of neurology, psychiatry, and psychology, an understanding of these treatments is important for the management of AF patients with neurological pathology.

Publication Date

10-14-2013

Publication Title

Journal of surgery (Northborough, Mass.)

ISSN

2332-4139

Volume

1

Issue

2

PubMed ID

25346939

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