Whether and to what extent patients with asymptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF) would benefit from catheter ablation has not been investigated. This is the first multicenter prospective study reporting on the outcome of catheter ablation in patients with asymptomatic AF. Consecutive patients (n = 545) referred for AF ablation were prospectively enrolled in a multicenter Italian registry. Of these patients, 54 have asymptomatic AF and composed our patient population. At 24 month follow-up, catheter ablation in asymptomatic AF patients resulted to be as safe and effective as in patients with drug refractory symptomatic AF. Our study provides significant insights on the role of AF ablation in asymptomatic patients. Further studies in much larger cohorts are needed to validate our conclusions.
- Asymptomatic patients
- Atrial fibrillation
- Catheter ablation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine