Global AFib study finds simple procedures work best

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Results from one of the largest global studies of atrial fibrillation (AFib) procedures show that

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 the simple approach is usually best when it comes to ablation, a procedure where physicians destroy or ablate 

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cardiac tissue to correct irregular heart rhythms.The findings, published in JAMA, could change 

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the way patients are treated for AFib.Researchers from Tulane University and partner institutions found 

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that using advanced image-guided technology to more aggressively target diseased areas of the heart that cause arrythmias

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 didn’t lead to better outcomes for patients — and put some at higher risk of strokes.

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“Simplicity is key. Don't ablate too much, especially at advanced stages,” said lead study author Dr. Nassir Marrouche, 

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director of the Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute and The Research Innovation for Arrhythmia Discoveries (TRIAD)

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 at Tulane University School of Medicine. “Too much ablation is not helping our patients today.

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