The role of ablation of the atrioventricular junction in patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation.
Heart Fail Clin. 2013 Oct;9(4):489-99
Authors: Vegh EM, Sood N, Singh JP
Ablation of the atrioventricular junction (AVJ) is a technically easy procedure that is safe and has a high success rate as an intervention for effective ventricular rate control in patients in symptomatic atrial fibrillation. AVJ ablation has been reported to improve quality of life, left ventricular ejection fraction, and exercise duration in these patients and minimize the incidence of inappropriate shocks. Because right ventricular pacing after AVJ ablation may result in decrease in left ventricular function and worsening of heart failure symptoms, there is increasing evidence to support the effectiveness of cardiac resynchronization therapy in atrial fibrillation populations.
PMID: 24054481 [PubMed - in process]