Atrioverter: An Implantable Device for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

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Abstract

Background

During atrial fibrillation, electrophysiological changes occur in atrial tissue that favor the maintenance of the arrhythmia and facilitate recurrence after conversion to sinus rhythm. An implantable defibrillator connected to right atrial and coronary sinus defibrillation leads allows prompt restoration of sinus rhythm by a low-energy shock. The safety and efficacy of this system, called the Atrioverter, were evaluated in a prospective, multicenter study.

Conclusions

With the Atrioverter, prompt and safe restoration of sinus rhythm is possible in patients with recurrent atrial fibrillation. (Circulation. 1998;98:1651-1656.)

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