|Sunday, 25 December 2011 13:20|
Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal cardiac rhythm characterized by inhomogeneous contraction and relaxation of the atria.
These result in a stagnant flow of blood in the heart leading to clot formation in the minor or major heart chambers. As a consequence, the risk of stroke and thromboembolsim is substantial in patients with atrial fibrillation.
At the time of operation including mitral valve repair, our cardiac surgeons generally offer a change of cardiac rhythm, from atrial fibrillation to normal sinus rhythm by means of changing the direction of cardiac electricity by creating lines (Cryo/ablation) in the atria. The advantage of maze procedure is to eliminate a need for long term anticoagulation. We achieve a number of successes with this type of operation.
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