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Adding Ablation to Mitral Valve Surgery

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Adding atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation to mitral valve surgery appears to significantly increase the rate of freedom from AF at 1 year among patients with persistent or long-standing persistent AF, according to a study. However, the authors noted that ablation increased the risk of permanent pacemaker implantation.

Source: New England Journal of Medicine, April 9, 2015.

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