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Am J Cardiol. 1996 Dec 15;78(12):1431-3.

Impact on ventricular function and quality of life of transcatheter ablation of the atrioventricular junction in chronic atrial fibrillation with a normal ventricular response.

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VA Medical Center, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27705, USA.

Abstract

We assessed left ventricular function and quality of life after atrioventricular junction ablation and pacemaker implant in 14 patients with chronic atrial fibrillation and normal ventricular response. A significant improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction, fractional shortening, and functional capacity were observed at follow-up, suggesting that in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation a regular heart beat may be preferable over rate control.

PMID:
8970421
DOI:
10.1016/s0002-9149(97)89296-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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