Pulmonary veins (PVs) isolation is the cornerstone of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation and can be achieved either by conventional radiofrequency ablation or by cryoenergy. Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure has been proposed as alternative treatment to vitamin K antagonists (VKA). We aimed to evaluate the feasibility of combining cryoballoon (CB) ablation and LAA occlusion in patients with AF and a high thromboembolic risk or contraindication to antithrombotic therapy.
Fassini G, Conti S, Moltrasio M, Maltagliati A, Tundo F, Riva S, Dello Russo A, Casella M, Majocchi B, Zucchetti M, Russo E, Marino V, Pepi M, Tondo C. Concomitant cryoballoon ablation and percutaneous closure of left atrial appendage in patients with atrial fibrillation. Europace 2016 Jul 11 [Epub ahead of print]