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Clinical Applications of Laser Technology: Laser Balloon Ablation in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation

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Division of Cardiology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
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Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Basel, 4031 Basel, Switzerland
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Division of Cardiology, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314, USA
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Section of Cardiology, Ronald Reagan University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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Division of Cardiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, USA
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Academic Editor: Ruffino Francesco
Micromachines 2021, 12(2), 188; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi12020188
Received: 6 January 2021 / Revised: 3 February 2021 / Accepted: 8 February 2021 / Published: 12 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Laser Micromachining)
Catheter-based ablation techniques have a well-established role in atrial fibrillation (AF) management. The prevalence and impact of AF is increasing globally, thus mandating an emphasis on improving ablation techniques through innovation. One key area of ongoing evolution in this field is the use of laser energy to perform pulmonary vein isolation during AF catheter ablation. While laser use is not as widespread as other ablation techniques, such as radiofrequency ablation and cryoballoon ablation, advancements in product design and procedural protocols have demonstrated laser balloon ablation to be equally safe and effective compared to these other modalities. Additionally, strategies to improve procedural efficiency and decrease radiation exposure through low fluoroscopy protocols make this technology an increasingly promising and exciting option. View Full-Text
Keywords: atrial fibrillation; atrial fibrillation ablation; pulmonary vein isolation; cryoballoon ablation; radiofrequency ablation; laser balloon ablation; catheter ablation; rhythm control; fluoroless atrial fibrillation; atrial fibrillation ablation; pulmonary vein isolation; cryoballoon ablation; radiofrequency ablation; laser balloon ablation; catheter ablation; rhythm control; fluoroless
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Skeete, J.R.; Du-Fay-de-Lavallaz, J.M.; Kenigsberg, D.; Macias, C.; Winterfield, J.R.; Sharma, P.S.; Trohman, R.G.; Huang, H.D. Clinical Applications of Laser Technology: Laser Balloon Ablation in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation. Micromachines 2021, 12, 188. https://doi.org/10.3390/mi12020188

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Skeete JR, Du-Fay-de-Lavallaz JM, Kenigsberg D, Macias C, Winterfield JR, Sharma PS, Trohman RG, Huang HD. Clinical Applications of Laser Technology: Laser Balloon Ablation in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation. Micromachines. 2021; 12(2):188. https://doi.org/10.3390/mi12020188

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Skeete, Jamario R., Jeanne M. Du-Fay-de-Lavallaz, David Kenigsberg, Carlos Macias, Jeffrey R. Winterfield, Parikshit S. Sharma, Richard G. Trohman, and Henry D. Huang 2021. "Clinical Applications of Laser Technology: Laser Balloon Ablation in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation" Micromachines 12, no. 2: 188. https://doi.org/10.3390/mi12020188

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