Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation During Mitral Valve Surgery

  • A. Cavallaro
  • L. Patanè
Conference paper


Chronic atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in mitral valve (MV) disease, occurring in 30%-85% of all patients. It is associated with excessive morbidity and mortality [1]. Up to 80% of these patients will remain in AF after surgical correction of the underlying cardiac disease. The goal for patients with MV surgery and permanent AF is not only restoration and optimal function of the MV but also return to permanent normal sinus rhythm (SR), restoration of biatrial transport function, and prevention of thromboembolism.


Atrial Fibrillation Mitral Valve Pulmonary Vein Left Atrium Catheter Ablation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Cavallaro
    • 1
  • L. Patanè
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro Cuore MorgagniPedara (CT)Italy

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