Features May 2015 Issue

Ablation During Mitral Valve Surgery May Reduce Afib

In pulmonary vein ablation, a catheter uses energy to destroy tissue connecting the vein to the atrium.

Ablation During Mitral Valve Surgery May Reduce Afib

The combined procedures lead to generally positive outcomes, but a study suggests these patients may be more likely to need a pacemaker later.


Itís not unusual for individuals with mitral valve regurgitation to also have atrial fibrillation (afib), a rhythm problem in the heartís upper chambers. For this reason, surgeons conducting valve repair commonly also perform an ablation, which is the melting or removal of heart tissue that may be causing the arrhythmia. Ö

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