Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

John Spitsbergen

Second Advisor

John Jellies


Atrial fibrillation (AF) is both a prevalent and life debilitating arrhythmia. It presents in the form of chronic fatigue, strokes, palpitations, and tachycardia. There is currently a wide variety of treatment options including antiarrhythmic drugs and procedures such as cardioversions. Unfortunately, the medical field offers few long-term solutions. Catheter ablations, however, are promising technology whose technological advancement is shedding light on a real AF solution. This study explores the safety and efficacy of three major ablation techniques: cryoballoon, radiofrequency, and laser ablation. This comparative study investigates the occurrence rates of complications such as groin hematomas, thromboembolic events, and phrenic nerve paralysis in the setting of first time catheter ablation patients.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only

Honors Thesis Defense.pdf (769 kB)
Defense Presentation