Mitral valve surgery plus concomitant atrial fibrillation ablation is superior to mitral valve surgery alone with an intensive rhythm control strategy.

@article{Oppell2009MitralVS,
  title={Mitral valve surgery plus concomitant atrial fibrillation ablation is superior to mitral valve surgery alone with an intensive rhythm control strategy.},
  author={Ulrich Von Oppell and Navroz D Masani and Peter O'Callaghan and Richard Wheeler and Georgios Dimitrakakis and Sandra Schiffelers},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  year={2009},
  volume={35 4},
  pages={641-50}
}
OBJECTIVE Prospective randomised study comparing patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) of more than 6 months duration after mitral valve surgery plus biatrial modified radiofrequency Maze procedure using Medtronic Cardioblate System (Cardioblate group, n=24) vs mitral valve surgery plus intensive rhythm control strategy (control group, n=25). METHODS Patients were blinded to randomisation. Preoperatively, at discharge, and at 3-month and 1-year follow-up, echocardiography, quality of life… CONTINUE READING
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