Permanent atrial fibrillation ablation surgery in patients with advanced age

Geidel, Stephan; Lass, Michael and Ostermeyer, Jörg (2005) Permanent atrial fibrillation ablation surgery in patients with advanced age. Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal, 5 (4). pp. 254-262. ISSN 0972-6292

Full text available as:

40 Kb
PDF - Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewer.
305 Kb


Background: Even if permanent atrial fibrillation (pAF) is a frequent concomitant problem in patients undergoing open heart surgery and particularly in those with advanced age, data of pAF ablation surgery in older aged patients are scarce. This study was performed to assess early and late results of combined open heart surgery and pAF ablation procedures in patients with advanced aged, compared to young patients. Material and Methods: A selective group of 126 patients (Group A: age ≥70 [76.4±4.8] years, n=70; Group B: age <70 [62.0±6.2] years: n=56) with pAF (≥6 months) underwent either monopolar (Group A, B: n=51 vs. n=44) or bipolar (Group A, B: n=19 vs. n=12) radiofrequency (RF) ablation procedures concomitant to open heart surgery. Regular follow-up was performed 3 to 36 months after surgery to assess survival, New York Heart Association (NYHA) class and conversion rate to stable sinus rhythm (SR). Results: Early mortality (<30 days) was 2.9% in Group A (Group B: 0%), cumulative survival at long-term follow up was 0.78 vs. 0.98 (p=0.03) and NYHA-class improved significantly in both groups, particularly in cases with stable SR. At 12-months follow-up 73% of Group A patients were in stable SR (Group B 78%). Conclusions: Concomitant mono- and bipolar RF ablation surgery represents a safe option to cure pAF during open heart surgery with a very low risk, even in patients with advanced age.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Atrial fibrillation; Atrial fibrillation surgery; Radiofrequency ablation; Arrhythmia surgery; Bipolar radiofrequency ablation
Subjects:Diagnosis > Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures > Diagnostic Techniques, Cardiovascular > Heart Function Tests > Heart Catheterization > Catheter Ablation
Therapeutics > Cautery > Electrocoagulation > Catheter Ablation
Cardiovascular Diseases > Heart Diseases > Arrhythmia > Atrial Fibrillation
-Journal Repositories > Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
Surgical Procedures, Operative > Cardiovascular Surgical Procedures
Cardiovascular Diseases > Heart Diseases > Arrhythmia
Therapeutics > Catheterization > Heart Catheterization > Catheter Ablation
ID Code:1086
Deposited By:Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
Deposited On:20 October 2005

Archive Staff Only: edit this record