Dr. deGuzman addresses the question, "Why Is It Important To Cure Atrial Fibrillation?"
I think the biggest reason to cure it is probably two-fold: one to reduce stroke risk, and two to increase patient’s cardiac function and reduce the longstanding effects from atrial fibrillation which can also cause congestive heart failure. So, I think, really to reduce stroke risk significantly, you have to get rid of the atrial fibrillation completely as well as exclude the left atrial appendage, which is the cul-de-sac where clot can form which ultimately can break off and cause stroke. So those are the two biggest reasons to try to cure it rather than just treat it, because most of the treatment options, even medical therapy and electrical therapy like cardioversion and pacemakers, do not reduce those risks significantly.
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