Randomized ablation strategies for the treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation: RASTA study.

  title={Randomized ablation strategies for the treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation: RASTA study.},
  author={Sanjay Dixit and Francis E Marchlinski and David Lin and David J. Callans and Rupa Bala and Michael P. Riley and Fermin Carlos Garcia and Mathew D. Hutchinson and Sarah J. Ratcliffe and Joshua Morrey Cooper and Ralph J. Verdino and Vickas V. Patel and Erica S. Zado and Nancy R Cash and Tony Killian and Todd T Tomson and Edward P Gerstenfeld},
  journal={Circulation. Arrhythmia and electrophysiology},
  volume={5 2},
BACKGROUND The single-procedure efficacy of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is less than optimal in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). Adjunctive techniques have been developed to enhance single-procedure efficacy in these patients. We conducted a study to compare 3 ablation strategies in patients with persistent AF. METHODS AND RESULTS Subjects were randomized as follows: arm 1, PVI + ablation of non-PV triggers identified using a stimulation protocol (standard approach); arm… CONTINUE READING


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