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Open Access Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: Indications, New Advances, and Complications

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia affecting millions of people worldwide with increasing incidence and prevalence. Radiofrequency catheter ablation has evolved as the treatment of choice for both paroxysmal and persistent AF. Several studies have been reported on catheter ablation as the first-line treatment for paroxysmal AF and different strategies for persistent AF. New technologies such as contact-force sensing catheters and cryoballoon have been recently used and the procedure carries the risk of complications like hematoma, arteriovenous fistula, cardiac tamponade, pulmonary vein stenosis, atrio-esophageal fistula and death.

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Keywords: atrial fibrillation; catheter ablation; major complications

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2016

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  • Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) publishes focused articles and original clinical research that explore novel developments in cardiovascular disease, effective control and rehabilitation in cardiovascular disease, and promote cardiovascular innovations and applications for the betterment of public health globally. The journal publishes basic research that has clinical applicability in order to promote timely communication of the latest insights relating to coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, prevention of cardiovascular disease with a heavy emphasis on risk factor modification. Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications is the official journal of the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC). It aims to continue the work of the GW-ICC by providing a global scientific communication platform for cardiologists that bridges East and West.

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