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How to Achieve Near Zero Fluoroscopy During Radiofrequency Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: A Strategy Used at Two Centers

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Abdul Qadir Haji, Mohammed Bakir Naji, Shakeel Jamal and Khalil Kanjwal*   Pages 1 - 9 ( 9 )

Abstract:


Radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation is the most effective rhythm control strategy. These procedures although safe pose a risk for potential exposure to radiation. Radiation exposure during ablation can increase the risk of serious complications in both patients as well as the physicians. In this paper we present the strategy being practiced at two centers to either decrease or eliminate the use of fluoroscopy during atrial fibrillation ablation.

Keywords:

Atrial fibrillation, radiofrequency, ablation, intracardiac echo, 3D mapping,

Affiliation:

Department of Cardiology, Walter Reed National Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, MD 20814,, Department of Medicine, Michigan State University, College of Medicine, East Lansing, MI 48824,, Department of Medicine, Central Michigan University, Saginaw, Michigan, MI,, Dpartment of Cardiology, McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital, Lansing, MI 48910



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