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Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: History, Practice, and Innovation

Abstract Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common abnormal heart rhythm, affecting

nearly 2% of the world’s population at a cost of $26 Billion in the United States annually, and incalculable costs worldwide. AF causes no symptoms for some people. However, others with AF experience uncomfortable symptoms including palpitations, breathlessness, dizziness, and fatigue. AF can severely diminish quality of life for both AF sufferers and their loved ones. Beyond uncomfortable symptoms, AF is also linked to congestive heart failure and stroke, both of which can cause premature death. Medications often fail to control AF, leading patients and healthcare providers to seek other cures, including catheter ablation. To date, catheter ablation has yielded u... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Ross, Heather M (Author) / Hackett, Edward J (Advisor) / Hurlbut, James B (Advisor) / Sarewitz, Daniel (Committee member) / Miller, Clark A (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Health sciences / Sociology / Medicine / Atrial Fibrillation / Biomedical Technology / Cardiac Ablation / Innovation Systems / Knowledge Systems / Science and Technology Studies
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 403 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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