Date of Defense

4-25-2019

Date of Graduation

4-2019

Department

Chemistry

First Advisor

John Spitsbergen

Second Advisor

John Jellies

Abstract

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.

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Honors Thesis-Open Access

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