An Approach to Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation in the Elderly

John N. Catanzaro, Hugh Calkins

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice with a prevalence that is increasing with age. During the past decade, catheter ablation of AF has rapidly evolved from a highly experimental unproved procedure, to its current status as a commonly performed procedure in many major hospitals throughout the world for symptomatic, drug refractory, paroxysmal, and persistent AF. With improved safety and advances in technique, catheter ablation has also been offered to the elderly. This article reviews the most current literature with respect to long-term clinical efficacy, risks, and benefits of catheter ablation of AF in the elderly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-125
Number of pages7
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Catheter ablation
  • Elderly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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