CHICAGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) The largest-ever randomized trial of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation ended in a draw, but there may be a clear winner for some patients.

Safety and 1-year efficacy of radiofrequency ablation and cryoballoon ablation were roughly 65% in both treatment arms of the 769-patient Fire and Ice trial.

However, in an interview at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, principal investigator Dr. Karl-Heinz Kuck of Asklepios Klinik St. Georg, Hamburg, Germany, explains why the results are actually a victory for cryoablation.


You May Also Like

Lower analgesic use after robotic pelvic surgery

FROM GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY Postoperative use of both opioid and nonopioid analgesics was lower after ...

Meningococcal B, C vaccines together lead to adequate immune response

FROM VACCINE Coadministration of meningococcal serogroup B (4CMenB) and serogroup C (MenC CRM) vaccines ...