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Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation During Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Friday, May 1, 2020

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Source Name: European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery


Piotr Suwalski, Mariusz Kowalewski, Marek Jasiński, Jakub Staromłyński, Marian Zembala, Kazimierz Widenka, Mirosław Brykczyński, Jacek Skiba, Michał Oskar Zembala, Krzysztof Bartuś, Tomasz Hirnle, Inga Dziembowska, Marek Deja, Zdzisław Tobota, Bohdan J Maruszewski on behalf of KROK Investigators

This original article covers the topic of surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) during coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG). The presented data from the Polish national registry of cardiac surgery procedures includes more than 7800 patients with underlying AF undergoing CABG. Just above 4% of patients received concomitant surgical ablation and underwent a 1:3 propensity matching. The results showed no concerns regarding the safety of the procedure, but a significantly improved long-term survival of patients undergoing surgical ablation compared to CABG alone.

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