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By Martin Drew Charge Nurse in cardiac catheter lab
Geoffrey Lee, Prashanthan Sanders, Jonathan M Kalman
Catheter ablation is at the forefront of the management of a range of atrial arrhythmias. In this Series paper, we discuss the underlying mechanisms and the current role of catheter ablation for the three most common atrial arrhythmias encountered in clinical practice: focal atrial tachycardia, atrial flutter, and atrial fibrillation. The mechanisms of focal atrial tachycardia and atrial flutter are well understood, and these arrhythmias are amenable to curative catheter ablation with high success rates. In most cases, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is initiated by triggers located within pulmonary vein musculature...
October 27, 2012: Lancet
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