January 22, 2018

ESC: Detecting Fibrosis with MRI to Improve Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation Success

Here is an update on the DECAAF study that Dr. Nassir Marrouche presented at the European Society of Cardiology in Amsterdam today. According to Dr. Marrouche, the amount of fibrosis (scar tissue created in the heart by atrial fibrillation), as measured on pre-ablation MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging), predicts the success of catheter ablations for atrial […]

What Factors Can Predict Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation Success

Doctors are trying to identify the characteristics that predict which patients aren’t likely to be successful with a catheter ablation for their atrial fibrillation. At a session at the recent Heart Rhythm Society annual meeting, some of the factors discussed included left atrial size, left atrial volume, left ventricle dysfunction (improper functioning of the left […]

What is Success for Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation — Report from Heart Rhythm Society 2010

An important session at Heart Rhythm Society 2010 was “Medical Issues After Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter.” It dealt with what constitutes success following catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (afib) and atrial flutter, and which is more important, the medical definition or the patient’s definition. Which definition is used can have implications for treatment […]