Mechanisms of arrhythmia recurrence after video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for the treatment of atrial fibrillation: insights from electrophysiological mapping and ablation.

@article{Liu2009MechanismsOA,
  title={Mechanisms of arrhythmia recurrence after video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for the treatment of atrial fibrillation: insights from electrophysiological mapping and ablation.},
  author={Xingpeng Liu and Jianzeng Dong and Hercules E. Mavrakis and Bin Zheng and Deyong Long and Ronghui Yu and Ri-bo Tang and Ying Tian and Panos E. Vardas and Changsheng Ma},
  journal={Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={20 12},
  pages={1313-20}
}
BACKGROUND Video-assisted thoracoscopic bilateral pulmonary vein (PV) isolation with left atrial appendage (LAA) excision is a novel surgical treatment for patients who have atrial fibrillation (AF) but no indication for open heart surgery. However, the electrophysiological mechanisms of the recurrent atrial tachyarrhythmias after this procedure are unknown. METHODS Eight consecutive patients with highly symptomatic atrial tachyarrhythmias after failed video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery… CONTINUE READING

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