A Practical Approach to Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

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Written and edited by expert electrophysiologists, this book is a practical, well-illustrated guide to the most successful techniques for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. While other texts address ablation of different arrhythmias, this is the first book to focus specifically on atrial fibrillation.

Chapters explain how to establish programs and laboratories for treating atrial fibrillation; use complex imaging modalities and guidance systems; implement a variety of catheter-based ablation strategies, either isolated or in tandem; monitor the ablated patient's course for complications and arrhythmia recurrence; and manage these problems should they arise. The chapters on lab staffing and equipment, pre-procedure preparation, and post-procedure care will be of special interest to paraprofessionals such as lab nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. More than 200 diagrams, photographs, and other illustrations demonstrate the techniques.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Joseph Sam Owen, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: Unlike other books that explain more than one arrhythmia, this one takes a well organized and detailed approach to ablation of atrial fibrillation. It begins with a historical perspective and covers, in a practical way, a comprehensive approach before, during, and after ablation.
Purpose: This focused description of the intricacies of ablation of atrial fibrillation is an excellent asset in understanding this type of procedure. The authors accomplish their purpose in describing this procedure with clarity and effective illustrated guides.
Audience: Written by experts in the field of electrophysiology, this book targets cardiologists and cardiology fellows, especially those pursuing a subspecialty in electrophysiology. Although it describes, in detail, many aspects of ablation, this book can still appeal to any medical professional who is interested in obtaining knowledge about this exciting aspect of electrophysiology. For instance, primary care providers frequently encounter patients after an ablation and will benefit from the wealth of information concerning post-procedure complications.
Features: With its ample supply of images, graphs, and a well designed structure, this book explains not just the overall scope of ablation, but describes the day-to-day aspects that might be overlooked, but are important. A unique feature is the way it deals with important aspects of re-ablation and the indications associated with it. Medicine as always been a dynamic field, and the authors address this by describing where the future in ablation might lead us, especially given the revolutionary advances in noninvasive imaging.
Assessment: Because atrial fibrillation is common and the incidence is expected to increase, this book will be an important tool for educating healthcare providers, especially cardiologists in and out of training.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781775595
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,229,344
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributing Authors



  • Indications for AF Ablation and Consensus Recommendations
  • Non-Pharmacological Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation: An Historical Overview
  • Ablation Program Planning

  • Equipment and Staffing

  • Intracardiac Ultrasound
  • Electroanatomic Mapping Systems
  • Magnetic and Robotic Navigation
  • Noncontact Mapping
  • Pre-procedure Preparation

  • Circumferential Ablation with PV Isolation Guided by Lasso Catheter
  • Circumferential Atrial Ablation
  • Electrogram-Guided Ablation
  • Linear Left Atrial Ablation
  • Tailored Approach to Ablation
  • Ablation of Autonomic Ganglia
  • Atrial Fibrillation Trigger Mapping

  • A Comprehensive Overview of Ablation of Paroxysmal, Persistent, and Permanent AF: A Stepwise Approach
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Identification and Elimination of Ancillary Arrhythmias
  • Ablation Procedure Follow-up and Definitions of Success
  • When and How to Re-ablate
  • Post-procedure Care after Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Complications
  • The Challenges of Monitoring Outcomes
  • Index

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

    Hugh Calkins is an incompetent physician.

    For a detailed look at this doctor's research techniques, Google "Adventures in Cardiology." He should not be practicing medicine, let alone teaching it.

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