Midterm results after the Mini-Maze procedure.

  title={Midterm results after the Mini-Maze procedure.},
  author={Zoltan A Szalay and Wojtek Skwara and Heinz Friedrich Pitschner and Ingrid Faude and Wolf Peter Kl{\"o}vekorn and Erwin Philipp Bauer},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  volume={16 3},
OBJECTIVE Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia. However, its precise electrophysiologic mechanism is still not well understood. Chronic symptomatic AF resistant to medical therapy, can successfully be treated by the Maze III procedure (M III). However, there are several publications dealing with alternative surgical techniques. This study describes technique and midterm results of a Mini-variant of the M III procedure. METHODS During a 38-month period we performed either an… CONTINUE READING
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