November 30, 2015

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Update on the Lariat Device for Prevention of Afib-Related Strokes

Here’s an important article about the Lariat device for closing off the left atrial appendage. Back in March, we reported from the American College of Cardiology that Dr. Natale’s group had reported finding that about one-fourth of Lariat patients had leaks (see bottom of page), some with bad results such as strokes. This new article tells of the experience of our friend Shannon Dickson who had the Lariat device and subsequently had a leak and a stroke. It also talks about how the Lariat device is FDA-approved for suturing, but not for atrial fibrillation stroke prevention.

See:  Special Report: Popular Heart Surgery Carried Hidden Danger

Catheter Ablation Panel with Drs. Kowal, Natale, Marrouche, and Narayan — Video from 2015 Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference

The Catheter Ablation Panel at the 2015 Get in Rhythm, Stay in Rhythm National Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference was chaired by Robert C. Kowal, MD, PhD, FHRS, and included: Andrea Natale, MD, FHRS; Nassir Marrouche, MD, FHRS; and Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD.

The video of the panel contains two hours of introductory and advanced information about catheter ablation, including:

  • Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) with radiofrequency (RF) energy and cryoballoons
  • Going beyond pulmonary vein isolation
  • Using MRI to improve catheter ablation results
  • Ablating rotors
  • An extensive Q&A session.

Learn more and access the video at:

Video: Catheter Ablation Panel with Drs. Robert C. Kowal, Andrea Natale, Nassir Marrouche and Sanjiv M. Narayan

See other conference videos at:

Watch the Videos of the 2015 National Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference

Webinar: What You Should Know About Heart Valves and Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)

Dr. Patrick McCarthy and Dr. James Thomas of Northwestern Medicine will participate in a webinar entitled “What Should You Know About Heart Valves & Atrial Fibrillation?” The webinar will be held at 5pm CST on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Dr. Patrick McCarthy is chief of cardiac surgery, and Dr. James Thomas is director of the Center for Heart Valve Disease at Northwestern Medicine. To register for the webinar, see:

Patient Webinar: What Should You Know About Heart Valves & AFib?

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