Efficacy of a left atrial procedure for treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation in elderly patients.

@article{Sueda1998EfficacyOA,
  title={Efficacy of a left atrial procedure for treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation in elderly patients.},
  author={Taijiro Sueda and Katsuhiko Imai and Kazumasa Orihashi and Hiroo Shikata and Shinsuke Wada and Shinji Hirai and Shigeki Morita and Yousuke Matsuura},
  journal={Annals of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery : official journal of the Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of Asia},
  year={1998},
  volume={4 4},
  pages={201-4}
}
A simple left atrial procedure for atrial fibrillation (AF) was performed in 16 elderly patients (age over 70 years old) with chronic AF associated with mitral and/or aortic valvular diseases. Chronic AF was eliminated upon discharge in 13 out of the 16 patients (81%). Twelve of the 13 patients (92%) whose AF had disappeared recovered the atrial kick of their right atrium, and 9 patients (70%) recovered the atrial kick of their left atrium. A simple surgical procedure to the left atrium was… CONTINUE READING
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