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Arrhythmias (Heart Rhythm Disturbances) and Maze Procedure—Open Surgery

Written by ColleenO.

Maze is used to treat severe cases of atrial fibrillation (a specific kind of arrhythmia) that do not respond to medicine or other procedures. A traditional maze surgery requires the chest to be opened and the heart to be stopped. A mini-maze is done with small incisions and special surgical tools. This often leads to shorter recovery time and lower risk of infection.

Effect of Maze Procedure—Open Surgery on Arrhythmias (Heart Rhythm Disturbances)

Electrical impulses cannot flow through scar tissue. By creating specific patterns of scar tissue in the atria, maze surgery creates a pathway for healthy impulses and blocks erratic impulses.

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