Periodontal Treatment During Atrial Fibrillation Blanking Period Improves Ablation Outcomes

12 Apr 2024 • New research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has solidified periodontitis as a modifiable risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF).

  • Assessing periodontal inflammation using the periodontal inflamed surface area (PISA), the study observed a correlation between higher PISA levels & increased AF recurrences.
  • Patients with elevated PISA who received periodontal treatment experienced significantly fewer AF recurrences.
  • Periodontal treatment during the blanking period can reduce periodontal inflamed surface area and improve the AF ablation outcome.

Periodontal inflamed surface area can be a hallmark of AF recurrence, and patients with a high periodontal inflamed surface area should be examined more carefully for AF recurrence after ablation.

Source: JAHA | Read full story

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