Atrial fibrillation catheter ablation versus surgical ablation treatment (FAST): a 2-center randomized clinical trial.

@article{Boersma2012AtrialFC,
  title={Atrial fibrillation catheter ablation versus surgical ablation treatment (FAST): a 2-center randomized clinical trial.},
  author={Lucas V. A. Boersma and M. Dolors Castell{\`a} and WimJan P van Boven and Antonio Berruezo and Alaaddin Yilmaz and Mercedes Nadal and Elena Sandoval and Naiara Calvo and Josep Brugada and Johannes Christiaan Kelder and Maurits Wijffels and Llu{\'i}s Mont},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2012},
  volume={125 1},
  pages={23-30}
}
BACKGROUND Catheter ablation (CA) and minimally invasive surgical ablation (SA) have become accepted therapy for antiarrhythmic drug-refractory atrial fibrillation. This study describes the first randomized clinical trial comparing their efficacy and safety during a 12-month follow-up. METHODS AND RESULTS One hundred twenty-four patients with antiarrhythmic drug-refractory atrial fibrillation with left atrial dilatation and hypertension (42 patients, 33%) or failed prior CA (82 patients, 67… CONTINUE READING
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