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Catheter Ablation versus Antiarrhythmic Drug Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation Trial, CABANA 

What is Atrial Fibrilliation (AF)? Click to learn more.

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Upcoming Events
CABANA Protocol and EDC Training Sessions
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
NA-Study Coordinator Teleconference
Morning Session
9:00 AM EST
NA-Study Coordinator Teleconference
Afternoon Session
4:00 PM EST

HRS 2015 CABANA Investigators Meeting

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Adams Room, Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA

CABANA North American Web Cast 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Central
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Eastern
Host: Douglas L. Packer, MD
CABANA Principal Investigator, Mayo Clinic
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
8:30 am - 10:00 U.S. Central
9:30 am - 11:00 U.S. Eastern
14:30-16:00 GMT
15:30-17:00 CET
17:30-19:00 MSK
Douglas L. Packer, MD
CABANA Principal Investigator, Mayo Clinic 
Karl-Heinz Kuck, MD
Country Lead Investigator
Hamburg, Germany
Professional Meetings:  
20th Annual Boston A-Fib Symposium 2015 
January 8th-10th, 2015 
American College of Cardiology 2015
March 14-16, 2015
San Diego, CA
May 13th-16th, 2015 
Boston, MA  
American Heart Association 2015 
November 7-11, 2015 
Orlando. FL  
Cardiostim 20th World Congress 
June 21st-24th, 2015
Milan, Italy 
ESC Congress 2015
August 29th - September 2nd, 2015
London, England
cabana text

CABANA:  The Catheter Ablation versus Antiarrhythmic Drug Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation trial is being done to compare drug therapy with catheter ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation. This study will help to decide which treatment approach is best and if under certain circumstances, one therapy is preferred over the other treatment.  The CABANA study will also compare the cost of care for the two treatment approaches and determine the effect these therapies have on quality of life.


CABANA is a global clinical research trial.  This study is currently being conducted in ten countries.  In addition to the United States and Canada, international investigators are located throughout Europe. Asia, and the Pacific.  




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packer video

dr. Packer
Douglas L. Packer M.D
CABANA Trial Principal Investigator
Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN

Enrollment Numbers

october 2014 pie chartTARGET:  2200



Top Enrolling Sites

Research Institute of Circulation Pathology - 127
Novosibirskaya Oblast, Russia
Dr. Eugeny Pokushalov

Duke University Medical Center - 119
Durham NC
Dr. Tristram Bahnson

Intermountain Medical Center - 112
Murray, UT
Dr. Jared Bunch

Herzzentrum Liepzig- 80
Leipzig, Germany

Mayo Clinic - 77
Rochester, MN
Dr. Douglas L. Packer

Clinical Hospital #83 - 52
Moscow, Russia
Dr. Andrey Ardashev

Universitat Rostock - 40
Rostock, Germany
Dr. Dietmar Baensch

Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW - 38 
Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
Dr. Georg Nolker

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 36
Chapel Hill, NC

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center - 35
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Kerckhoff Klinik- 35
Bad Nauheim, Germany

Loyola University Medical Center - 31
Maywood, IL
Dr. David Wilber

University of Calgary Foothills Hospital - 30
Dr. George Veenhuyzen

Georgia Regents University - 26
Augusta, GA
Dr. Adam Berman

Georgia Arrhythmia Associates - 26
Macon, Georgia
Dr. Felix Sogade

Policlinico San Donato Center of Clinical Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology - 25
San Donato Milanese, Italy

Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center - 24
Portland, OR
Dr. Blair Halperin

Asklepios Klink Saint George - 23
Hamburg, Germany
Dr. Karl-Heinz Kuck

Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute - 23
Charlotte, NC
Dr. John Holshouser

Bakoulev Scientific Center for Cardiovascular Surgery - 21
Moscow, Russia
Dr. Amiran Revishvili

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - 21
Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Alaa Shalaby

Ohio State University Medical Center - 21
Columbus, OH
Dr. John Hummel

Vanderbilt University Medical Center - 21
Nashville, TN
Dr. Dawood Darbar

The Heart Hospital Baylor - 21
Plano, TX
Dr. J. Brian DeVille

Technische Universitat Dresden - 21
Dresden, Germany
Dr. Christopher Piorkowski

Montefiore Medical Center - 20
New York, NY
Dr. Eugen Palma

Virginia Hospital Center - 20
Arlington, VA
Dr. Haroon Rashid

University of California at San Francisco Medical Center - 20
San Francisco, CA
Dr. Nitish Badhwar