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Therapy of atrial arrhythmias by temperature-controlled radiofrequency ablation

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1 Author(s)
D. E. Haines ; Health Sci. Center, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Summary form only received: Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent arrhythmia in the world occurring in 0.4% of the general population and 2 to 5% of the patients over the age of 60. Although generally not considered dangerous arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation can cause significant morbidity due to its associated symptoms of palpitations and its thrombo-embolic complications, including stroke. For that reason, a variety of strategies have been pursued to suppress or eliminate atrial fibrillation. It has been demonstrated surgically that long linear regions of block (in these cases created with surgeon's scalpel) can prevent the “critical mass” of atrium required for re-entrant rhythms to occur. It has been the goal of this investigator to try and emulate the surgical maze operation by creating long linear lesions in the atria

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 1997. Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Conference of the IEEE  (Volume:6 )

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30 Oct-2 Nov 1997