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Higher AFib ablation volumes linked with better outcomes

Key clinical point: Hospital case volume makes a difference in the outcomes of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

Major finding: Hospitals performing 20 or fewer catheter ablations annually had twice as many acute complications as hospitals doing at least 53.

Study details: Analysis of 54,599 atrial fibrillation patients who underwent catheter ablation in the Nationwide Readmissions Database.

Disclosures: Dr. Cheung has been a consultant to Abbott and Biotronik, and has received fellowship support from Biosense Webster, Biotronik, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, and St. Jude.


Cheung JW et al. Heart Rhythm 2019, Abstract S-P001-123.