The significance of atrial fibrillation ablation in patients undergoing mitral valve surgery

Niv Ad, James L. Cox

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Abstract

Atrial fibrillation is present in close to 50% of all patients undergoing surgery for mitral valve disease.1-3 However, surgical correction of atrial fibrillation in patients with other cardiac pathology that requires surgical intervention such as mitral valve disease was never considered as a standard approach. The Maze procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation was introduced in 1987 and was performed safely in hundreds of patients with excellent outcomes.4-7 As a result, several centers have begun to combine the Maze procedure with other cardiac procedures, especially mitral valve surgery, without adding undue operative risk to patients.8 When properly performed, the results with this combined approach have been excellent.9,10

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-197
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2002

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