Drugs vs. ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation: the evidence supporting catheter ablation

Isabelle Nault, Shinsuke Miyazaki, Andrei Forclaz, Matthew Wright, Amir Jadidi, Pierre Jaïs, Mélèze Hocini, Michel Haïssaguerre
European Heart Journal 2010, 31 (9): 1046-54
Treatment strategy for atrial fibrillation (AF) is a controversial matter. Catheter ablation is increasingly being used to treat patients with AF, and recent studies have reported success rates >80% for paroxysmal AF and >70% for persistent AF. The purpose of this work is to review the evidence supporting catheter ablation and compare it with pharmacological treatment in the management of AF.

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