Substantial proportion of the present population worldwide is threatened by cardiac arrhythmias. The surgical therapy of atrial fibrillation is directed to those patients with atrial fibrillation, who are operated for mitral (and tricuspid) valve disease, also in combinationwith coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), or in some centres even wider: to those with aortic valve surgery and off-pump CABG.
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Many interesting options are now available for surgical RF ablation of atrial fibrillation. Widely used is the concomitant ablation during cardiac surgery. Also available is the minimally invasive technique. To standardize and to document the outcomes after this unique surgical treatment, it is necessary to test the conduction blocks after the ablation actually to demonstrate entry and exit conduction blocks. Thorough evaluation of postoperative rhythm is mandatory if we want to wean the patients from anti arrhythmic drugs and anticoagulant treatment.
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