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Atrial Fibrillation Ablation, 2011 Update: The State of the Art based on the VeniceChart International Consensus Document

Andrea Natale (Editor), Antonio Raviele (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-119-96384-4
104 pages
August 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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This concise text presents best practices for all aspects of atrial fibrillation ablation as outlined in the new version of the VeniceChart International Consensus document, which is presented in conjunction with the biannual Venice Arrhythmias conference. In addition to discussing the latest in a-fib ablation research, this 2011 update covers all the key areas of therapy and patient management, including:

• Techniques and technologies
• Procedural endpoints
• Patient management pre-, peri- and post-ablation
• Prevention and treatment of complications
• Definition of success and long-term results

With contributions from the world’s recognized thought leaders in this field, this book is a highly valuable source of information not only for specialists in electrophysiology, but also for general cardiologists, fellows in cardiology and others interested in this dynamic and increasingly important topic.

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Preface, vii

List of contributors, ix

VeniceChart task force composition, xxxiii

List of abbreviations, xxxvii

1 Anatomy of structures relevant to atrial fibrillation ablation, 1

2 Pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation, 20

3 Techniques and technologies for atrial fibrillation catheter ablation, 35

4 Endpoints of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation, 61

5 Patient management pre-, during-, and postablation, 70

6 Periprocedural and long-term anticoagulation, 77

7 Periprocedural and late complications, 85

8 Short- and long-term efficacy of catheter ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation, 118

9 Indications to atrial fibrillation ablation and cost-effectiveness, 127

10 Clinical trials on atrial fibrillation/future perspectives, 137

11 Surgical approach/ablation, 161

12 Hospital equipment and facilities, personnel, training requirements, and competences, 176

Index, 184

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