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Surgical Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

Heart rhythm problems that originate in the atria affect many individuals each year and have long been a source of concern. In particular, atrial fibrillation has proven to be an important issue because of the frequency with which it occurs and its potentially devastating consequences, including stoke. Despite advances in drug treatment, a significant number of patients remain affected by atrial fibrillation which can occur as a problem by itself or can complicate other types of heart disease.

The medical community began to gain an increased understanding of atrial fibrillation and the mechanisms that produce it. From this understanding came a surgical procedure called the MAZE operation, which for the first time, proved to be a highly reliable and effective procedure for the treatment of this heart rhythm problem. The procedure has been applied not only to patients who have stand-alone AF, but also to patients who are undergoing surgery for other types of heart problems.

The benefits of a successful MAZE procedure are that the patient will not require long term postoperative blood thinners and will have improved cardiac function. Phoenix Cardiac Surgeons has recently performed the MAZE procedure on several patients simultaneous to coronary artery bypass grafting with the “beating heart” technique.

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