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Specific Aims: The primary objective of this registry is to determine the percentage of patients who are free from atrial fibrillation (AF) at 6 and 12 months following a surgical ablation procedure when the patient has a history of failing one or more previous catheter based ablations for AF. The first 3 months following surgical ablation will be a blanking period; any arrhythmia occurring during this time will not be used to determine success.
1. Determine the percent success of surgical ablation for AF at 6, and 12 months both on and off of antiarrhythmic drugs (AAD) following a failed catheter based ablation for AF
2. Record and evaluate all complications associated with the surgical procedure.
1. Evaluate usage of anticoagulants at 6, and 12 months.
2. Determine the percentage of Pulmonary Veins (PV) that were electrically isolated by intra-operative, pre-surgical mapping
Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Retrospective
Atrial Fibrillation Ablation
Totally Thoracoscopic Maze
Active, not recruiting
Cardiopulmonary Research Science and Technology Institute
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:11:21-0400
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