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Ablation
A surgical or electrophysiological technique used to repair interrupted abnormal electrical pathways in the heart. These abnormal pathways can be the cause of abnormal heart rhythms, such as Atrial Fibrillation or atrial flutter. Ablation can be accomplished with a variety of energies, and through a variety of surgical approaches.

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