Article Abstract

Standardization in maze procedure: a step towards a better future

Authors: Ovidio A. García-Villarreal


It is a well-known fact that patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have an increased chance of stroke (1), heart failure (2) and death (3). Speaking about stroke rate, the sole presence of non-valvular AF increases this rate by 5-fold, and when it is about valvular-AF, the stroke rate goes up by more than 17-fold (4).