Minimally invasive endoscopic ablation on the beating heart in patients with lone atrial fibrillation

  • Ulrich Rosendahl
  • Jürgen Ennker


In the developed world between 1% and 1.5% of the population is suffering from atrial fibrillation [1]. Due to higher life expectancy, the prevalence of this disease will grow at least 3-fold in the next 50 years. Compared to many other diseases, the health and economic burden imposed by AF and AF-related morbidity is immense.


Atrial Fibrillation Pulmonary Vein Left Atrium Ablation Catheter Beating Heart 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrich Rosendahl
    • 1
  • Jürgen Ennker
    • 1
  1. 1.Klinik für Herz-, Thorax- und GefäßchirurgieMediclin Herzzentrum Lahr/BadenLahrGermany

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