PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Management of atrial fibrillation can be overwhelming with the amount of information and treatment options available today. This review discusses landmark and other clinically relevant trials published in the last 18 months. RECENT FINDINGS: There have been several recent key clinical trials and subanalyses in the field of atrial fibrillation. Early rhythm control with ablation or antiarrhythmic medications has upended the previous practice of rate control for patients with atrial fibrillation. Vein of Marshall alcohol ablation in combination with endocardial mitral annular ablation and a hybrid epicardial/endocardial approach has shown promising results in the fight against persistent atrial fibrillation. Early ablation with cryoballoon therapy vs. antiarrhythmic therapy gives further evidence for early ablation in patients with symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. SUMMARY: The rapid development in technology and medications to treat atrial fibrillation, prevent stroke and improve quality of life for patients has created a vast amount of information for physicians to process. The present review will focus on the recent (within 2 years) clinical trials in atrial fibrillation and the impact they may have on your practice.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine