Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: How Should Patients Be Selected?
Atrial fibrillation is the most frequent supraventricular arrhythmia, and recently it has become clear that it is not a completely benign arrhythmia, since complications such as thromboembolism or ventricular impairment may sometimes occur. Even in absence of associated cardiac disease, when the incidence of these complications is relatively low, the presence of atrial fibrillation generally causes a worsening of quality of life, due to the irregularity of the rhythm or the high ventricular rate, and therefore generally requires life-long therapy.
KeywordsAtrial Fibrillation Pulmonary Vein Left Atrium Catheter Ablation Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence
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