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Anticoagulation and Maze procedure after mitral valve repair

Treating atrial fibrillation robotically

Richard J Shemin, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, discusses anticoagulation protocol for patients following mitral valve repair, and also the Maze procedure of cardiac ablation to treat atrial fibrillation.

Reading:
Crandall MA, Bradley DJ, Packer DL, Asirvatham SJ.Contemporary management of atrial fibrillation: update on anticoagulation and invasive management strategies.Mayo Clin Proc. 2009 Jul;84(7):643-62. Review.
Cui YQ, Meng X, Li Y, Wang JG, Zeng W, Gao F, Xu CL. [Intraoperative treatment for atrial fibrillation using bi-polar radiofrequency ablation system: a clinical report of 91 cases]Zhonghua Wai Ke Za Zhi. 2009 Apr 1;47(7):533-6. Chinese.
Shen J, Bailey MS, Damiano RJ Jr.The surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation.Heart Rhythm. 2009 Aug;6(8 Suppl):S45-50. Epub 2009 May 22.

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