Efficacy of Catheter Ablation and Surgical CryoMaze Procedure in Patients With Long-Lasting Persistent Atrial Fibrillation and Rheumatic Heart Disease - Catheter Ablation and Surgical CryoMaze Procedure in Patients With Long-Lasting Persistent Atrial Fibrillation and Rheumatic Heart Disease

Description:

Catheter ablation with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is commonly performed for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), especially paroxysmal AF. Its efficacy in patients with permanent AF, such as those with rheumatic heart disease (RHD), is less enduring. Traditionally, patients with permanent AF undergo a surgical Cox Maze procedure at the time of valve surgery. The current trial sought to compare the efficacy of catheter ablation with PVI following valve surgery versus surgical modifi...