The Atrial Fibrillation
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The Atrial Fibrillation
Surgical Treatment Blog


Get the latest news, research, and surgeon
interviews for atrial fibrillation treatment


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Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation, Surgical Ablation, Maze Procedure



Dr. Glenn Barnhart - Advisory Board Member

Dr. Glenn Barnhart is the CV Chief Emeritus of Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute in Seatle, Washington. Prior to his retirement in 2019, Dr. Barnhart was in practice for 32 years.

During that time he and his team were PI’s in a number of significant clinical trials evaluating numerous new devices and procedural techniques in the areas of mitral disease, aortic disease, coronary disease and atrial fibrillation.


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Katherine Harrington AFib Surgeon

Considering that up to 20% of ischemic strokes are associated with atrial fibrillation (AFib), it can be a “missed opportunity” if a surgeon elects not to treat AFib during cardiac cases for heart valve and/or coronary artery disease.

Surgeons who practice the concomitant treatment of atrial fibrillation may identify the appropriate lesion set on a case-by-case basis. For example, Dr. Katherine Harrington, a cardiac surgeon who specializes in the treatment of thoracic aortic disease…


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Despite an 84% success rate while utilizing surgical ablation, as demonstrated in the ABLATE trial, atrial fibrillation is still undertreated in concomitant settings. Surgical ablation was promoted to a Class 1 recommendation by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons in 2017, however, the undertreatment remains.

Some surgeons, however, have seen remarkable success utilizing surgical ablation in concomitant cases including heart valve repair/replacement and coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). For example, Dr. Husam Balkhy specializes in the concomitant treatment of atrial fibrillation and has experienced a 15-year success story at The University of Chicago Medicine as the Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery. In his career, Dr. Balkhy…


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Richard Shemin Atrial Fibrillation Surgeon

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is quickly transitioning from a disease to a worldwide epidemic.  According to the American Heart Association, the number of new AFib patients will increase 300% to 12.1 million cases by 2030 in the United States alone.

To better understand how AFib is impacting patients, we interviewed Dr. Richard Shemin, the Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCLA Health in Los Angeles, California.  During his incredible career, Dr. Shemin has performed over 10,000 cardiac surgeries…


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Dr. Kevin Accola AFib Surgeon

Dr. Kevin Accola is a board-certified thoracic surgeon who has been practicing for over 20 years at AdventHealth in Orlando, Florida. During his incredible career, Dr. Accola has performed over 14,000 cardiac surgeries of which 8,000 involved heart valve procedures.

Dr. Accola specializes in mitral valve repair techniques and the treatment of atrial fibrillation during concomitant procedures leveraging surgical ablation.


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