Monday, October 12, 2009

Ablation or drugs for atrial fibrillation?

Ablation is far from perfect but is getting better. Although preliminary data suggest it is more effective than drugs an upcoming large comparative trial may provide better answers.

A recent review in CCJM discusses current indications and complications. Complications, particularly pulmonary vein stenosis and atrioesophageal fistula, may appear relatively late and should be recognized by hospitalists.

Related editorial here.

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