HRS 2018: CABANA Misses Endpoint, Leaving Questions About AF Ablation
The long-awaited results of the CABANA trial, a large randomized study comparing ablation to drug therapy as a first-line treatment for atrial fibrillation, were presented at the Heart Rhythm Society conference in Boston on May 10. The trial missed its primary endpoint in the "intent to treat" analysis, but showed a significant benefit for ablation in the "as-treated" analysis.
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