DECAAF II - Efficacy of DE-MRI-Guided Ablation vs. Conventional Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

For Patients

This page tells you a little bit about research in general and the DECAAF II study. For more details on the DECAAF II study click here


What is Clinical Research?

Clinical research is an area of medicine that studies whether a particular treatment is safe and effective for treating a particular disorder. Medical research is done to answer questions about new treatments; this is different than medical treatment.

Should you participate in a clinical trial?

Being a research participant is not the same as being a patient. When you are involved in research, you are agreeing to help scientists find out if a treatment is safe or harmful and if it works or not. People choose to participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Volunteers with an illness or disease participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff.

What is a randomized controlled clinical trial?

A randomized controlled trial (RCT) is a type of medical research study where patients are randomly assigned to one of two different treatments that are being evaluated. The RCT is often considered the "gold standard" in research. In DECAAF II, participants will be randomly assigned to either receive conventional pulmonary vein (PVI) ablation, or conventional PVI ablation and fibrosis-guided ablation.

What should I know before joining a research study?

As a research participant, you should know:






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