Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation in Combination With Left Atrial Appendage Closure: First Results of a Feasibility Study

@inproceedings{Swaans2012AblationFA,
  title={Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation in Combination With Left Atrial Appendage Closure: First Results of a Feasibility Study},
  author={Martin J. Swaans and Martijn C. Post and Benno J.W.M. Rensing and Lucas V. A. Boersma},
  booktitle={Journal of the American Heart Association},
  year={2012}
}
BACKGROUND Drug-refractory atrial fibrillation (AF) increasingly is being treated with catheter ablation. However, the long-term success rate, expressed as freedom from AF, is <50%. Therefore, vitamin K antagonists, with all their complications, remain necessary. Recently, left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion devices were introduced as an alternative to vitamin K antagonists. Here, we investigated whether AF ablation and LAA occlusion could be a feasible and safe combination in patients with… CONTINUE READING

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