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Concomitant Surgical Ablation Therapy

Atrial fibrillation (Afib) carries a heavy clinical burden, with patients experiencing a 5x greater risk of stroke1 and a 5x increase in heart failure.2 These patients also experience up to a 47% reduction in quality of life related to anxiety about medications and burnout from frequent doctor appointments.3-9

For patients with Afib needing open heart surgery to fix a coronary or valve issue, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons recommends performing surgical ablation (Cox-Maze procedure) at the same time, giving it their highest level of recommendation—Class I.10 Radiofrequency energy is the primary means to create surgical ablation lesions.

AtriCure has a robust lineup of clamps, pens and probes that can be used for ablating cardiac tissue with either cryothermia or bipolar radiofrequency energy. Several AtriCure pens also have the ability to pace, sense, and stimulate.

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  8. Centers for Disease Control Atrial Fibrillation Fact Sheet.  Accessed Dec 2018.
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