Long-term quality of life after ablation of atrial fibrillation the impact of recurrence, symptom relief, and placebo effect.

@article{Wokhlu2010LongtermQO,
  title={Long-term quality of life after ablation of atrial fibrillation the impact of recurrence, symptom relief, and placebo effect.},
  author={Anita Wokhlu and Kristi H. Monahan and David Hodge and Samuel J. Asirvatham and Paul A. Friedman and Thomas M. Munger and David J. Bradley and Christine M Bluhm and Janis M Haroldson and Douglas L. Packer},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={55 21},
  pages={2308-16}
}
OBJECTIVES We sought to determine the relationship between atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation efficacy, quality of life (QoL), and AF-specific symptoms at 2 years. BACKGROUND Although the primary goal of AF ablation is QoL improvement, this effect has yet to be demonstrated in the long term. METHODS A total of 502 symptomatic AF ablation recipients were prospectively followed for recurrence, QoL, and AF symptoms. RESULTS In 323 patients with 2 years of follow-up, 72% achieved AF… CONTINUE READING
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