Atrial fibrillation is a dysrhythmia with lethal complications afflicting thousands of people each year. Unfortunately, atrial fibrillation is frequently resistant to medical therapy and other nonsurgical treatments, such as cardioversion and catheter ablation. Past surgical procedures to correct the dysrhythmia have also proved ineffective. A surgical procedure has been developed in which multiple incisions are made in the atrium, creating an electrical maze. The maze procedure restores atrioventricular synchrony while simultaneously preventing macroreentry within the atria. It thereby eliminates the clinical sequelae often associated with atrial fibrillation and improves the quality of life for those patients refractory to current methods of treatment.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||AACN clinical issues in critical care nursing|
|State||Published - Feb 1992|
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