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Silent Cerebral Embolism during Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: Pathophysiology, Prevention and Management

Although many efforts have been directed to improve atrial fibrillation transcatheter ablation safety, thromboembolism to the brain remains one of the major complications. In fact several studies have confirmed occurrence of silent cerebral embolic lesions by post-procedure magnetic resonance imaging. The present review will focus on the possible mechanisms leading to silent cerebral embolism in the attempt to provide recommendations holding the potential to reduce the incidence of this clinically relevant complication.

Credits: Matteo Anselmino; Mario Matta; Elisabetta Toso; Federico Ferraris; Davide Castagno; Marco Scaglione; Federico Cesarani; Riccardo Faletti; Fiorenzo Gaita

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