The surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. I. Summary of the current concepts of the mechanisms of atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation

J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1991 Mar;101(3):402-5.


Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia that is frequently resistant to medical therapy and has no satisfactory surgical therapy. The development of an effective surgical procedure to treat atrial fibrillation has been hampered by the paucity of clinically relevant information on the basic mechanisms responsible for the arrhythmia. This paper summarizes the current concepts of the electrophysiologic abnormalities in atrial flutter and fibrillation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Atrial Fibrillation / physiopathology
  • Atrial Fibrillation / surgery*
  • Atrial Flutter / physiopathology
  • Atrial Flutter / surgery*
  • Atrial Function / physiology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Heart Conduction System / physiopathology*
  • Humans