A prospective multicenter trial of bipolar radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation: early results.

@article{Mokadam2004APM,
  title={A prospective multicenter trial of bipolar radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation: early results.},
  author={Nahush A. Mokadam and P Mccarthy and Alan Marc Gillinov and William H. Ryan and Marc R. Moon and Michael J. Mack and Sydney L. Gaynor and S Maheshwara Prasad and Samuel A. Wickline and Marci S. Bailey and Nicholas Damiano and Y{\^o}suke Ishii and Richard B. Schuessler and Ralph J. Damiano},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2004},
  volume={78 5},
  pages={1665-70}
}
BACKGROUND The Cox-Maze III remains the gold standard for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. However, the "cut-and-sew" technique is time consuming and technically challenging. The pulmonary veins are the source of ectopy in the majority of patients with atrial fibrillation. The safety and efficacy of bipolar radiofrequency to electrically isolate the pulmonary veins was evaluated in a prospective multi-center trial. METHODS Beginning in January 2002, 30 patients at three medical… CONTINUE READING
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