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AUDIO: Dr. Lishan Aklog - What Do Women Need To Know About Atrial Fibrillation?

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So over the past six to seven years we have developed this mini-maze procedure which allows us to create most of the lines of the maze procedure from the outside of the heart without having to go on the heart-lung machine and also allows us to do them through very small incisions in between the ribs and the armpit instead of going through the middle of the chest.

And so, it’s a lot less invasive and we have really much better technology now that let’s us create many of those lines that were part of the original maze procedure. The compromise is that because it’s so much less invasive the effectiveness is probably a bit less than it is for a full maze procedure. So we tend to quote patients a 90-95% effectiveness with a full maze procedure and more like an 80 to 85% effectiveness in the mini-maze procedure. So it’s somewhat less effective, but it’s still high enough that we’ve had good success with it and patients appreciate being able to get that, to be cured of their afib without having to undergo the full procedure, and then the final point is that, if there’s one of the unlucky 15 or 20% that mini-maze doesn’t work, we always have the option of doing the full maze procedure to try to salvage an even higher success rate.

Todd Hartley:
Well he is Dr. Lishan Aklog. He is the Chairman of EmpowHER’s Medical Advisory Board, and before we say goodbye on the atrial fibrillation in women’s subject, Dr. Aklog, what is it, how does atrial fibrillation affect women differently than men, does it?

Dr. Lishan Aklog:
It doesn’t. Unlike some other aspects of heart disease, it’s quite common in women and it is, but really at the end of the day, the symptoms and the treatments are fairly similar, but it is something that is quite common in women. Women tend to experience it quite negatively and it can have a significant impact on their quality of life and so it’s something women need to pay attention to, but most of the standard signs and symptoms and treatments are quite similar to what they are in men.

Todd Hartley:

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