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Letters Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

Authors’ reply to Ward

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5868
  1. Hans Van Brabandt, cardiologist1,
  2. Mattias Neyt, researcher1,
  3. Carl Devos, researcher1
  1. 1Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre, Brussels 1000, Belgium
  1. hans.vanbrabandt{at}

Ward contends that our review of clinical trial evidence is “largely out of date.”1 2 No more than 10 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing catheter ablation with antiarrhythmic drugs have been published. All of them are listed in our table. Only seven of them were considered in the most recent Cochrane review because its literature search ended …

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