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Korean Circ J. 2018 Feb;48(2):114-123. English. Review.
Jin ES , Wang PJ .
Cardiovascular Center, Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA.

The cryoballoon was invented to achieve circumferential pulmonary vein isolation more efficiently to compliment the shortcomings of point-by-point ablation by radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Its efficacy and safety were shown to be comparable to those of RFA, and the clinical outcomes have improved with the second-generation cryoballoon. The basic biophysics, implemental techniques, procedural recommendations, clinical outcomes, and complications of the cryoballoon are presented in this practical and systematic review.

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