General anesthesia reduces the prevalence of pulmonary vein reconnection during repeat ablation when compared with conscious sedation: results from a randomized study.

@article{Biase2011GeneralAR,
  title={General anesthesia reduces the prevalence of pulmonary vein reconnection during repeat ablation when compared with conscious sedation: results from a randomized study.},
  author={Luigi Di Biase and Sergio Conti and Prasant Mohanty and Rong Bai and Javier E. Reyes Sanchez and David Walton and Annie K John and Pasquale Santangeli and Claude S Elayi and Salwa Beheiry and G. Joseph Gallinghouse and Sanghamitra Mohanty and Rodney P Horton and Shane M. Bailey and John David Burkhardt and Andrea Natale},
  journal={Heart rhythm},
  year={2011},
  volume={8 3},
  pages={368-72}
}
BACKGROUND Radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation can be performed under general anesthesia or conscious sedation at the physician's preference. OBJECTIVE We randomized a series of consecutive patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing radiofrequency catheter ablation to either general anesthesia or conscious sedation to assess differences in pulmonary vein (PV) reconnection during redo procedures and impact on success rate. METHODS A total of 257… CONTINUE READING