Table 3

Long term follow up results compared with preablation values

Preablation Follow up p Value
(sign test)
Atrial fibrillation (n (%))29 (53%)15 (28%)0.002
Antiarrhythmic drugs (n (%))
 Any antiarrhythmic drug53 (96%)27 (49%)< 0.001
 Amiodarone27 (49%)9 (16%)< 0.001
A&E visits (n (%))3-150 29 (53%)5 (11%)< 0.001
DCCV (n (%))3-150 28 (51%)4 (7%)< 0.001
Hospital admissions
 Any admission (n (%))3-151 31 (56%)6 (11%)< 0.001
 Mean number of days/patient9.50.6< 0.001
Patient questionnaire (mean (SEM))3-150
 Quality of life score2.5 (0.15)3.8 (0.13)< 0.001
 Symptom frequency score3.5 (0.11)2.0 (0.13)< 0.001
 Symptom severity score3.8 (0.15)2.0 (0.15)< 0.001
  • 3-150 Comparison of the time interval following ablation with the same time interval before ablation.

  • 3-151 Includes any hospital admission as a result of a rhythm problem.

  • A&E, accident and emergency department; DCCV, direct current cardioversion.