December 18, 2017

Atrial Fibrillation in Families — Video Interview with Dr. Patrick Ellinor on Afib Genetic Risk Factors

In this video, Dr. Patrick Ellinor, electrophysiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses research into genetic links to atrial fibrillation. The CHARGE AF or AFGen Consortium, which he co-leads, has identified three regions of genetic susceptibility for atrial fibrillation. The researchers have found that individuals with an immediate family member with afib have a significantly increased […]

Sobering or Encouraging? Dr. Pierre Jais Shares Bordeaux’s 5-year Catheter Ablation Results—Video

Today’s featured story comes from Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium where we talked with Dr. Pierre Jais about new 5-year catheter ablation results that his team at Bordeaux has just published. One-third of these patients had persistent or longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation. These results have been described in the media as “sobering”, but hear Dr. Jais […]

Update on Robotic Catheter Ablation Technology by Dr. Andrea Natale at Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium 2010

In his session at the Boston Atrial Symposium 2010, Dr. Andrea Natale discussed the current status of robotic technology for atrial fibrillation catheter ablations by sharing results from recent studies using the Hansen Robotic System. Read: Robotic Technology is Changing the Paradigm for Catheter Ablation Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

Dr. Douglas Packer Talked About New 4-D and 5-D Imaging for Catheter Ablation at Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium 2010

At the recent Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium, Dr. Douglas Packer (Mayo Clinic) talked about new 4-D and 5-D imaging for catheter ablation. Read about his remarks at: Sophisticated New 4-D and 5-D Imaging May Soon Guide Catheter Ablations

Is Catheter Ablation a Better Treatment Than Drugs for Atrial Fibrillation in Serious and Professional Athletes?

At the recent Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium, catheter ablation was presented as possibly a better atrial fibrillation (AF) treatment option for serious and professional athletes than antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs). According to Dr. Riccardo Cappato (Institute Policlinics San Donato, Milan, Italy), antiarrhythmic drug therapy has not been popular with this patient population.”Even when effective, AADs significantly […]

Follow Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium on Twitter via @StopAfib and #BAF10 Hashtag

Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium will be this week, so watch for great info about the latest in atrial fibrillation causes and risk factors, and afib treatments, including medication, catheter ablation, and surgery. If you’re going, please let me know so we can meet. StopAfib will be tweeting again from Boston Afib (1/14/10-1/16/10), so please follow […]

Customized Atrial Fibrillation Treatment—Video Interview with Dr. Ralph Damiano

In this interview from Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium 2009, Dr. Ralph Damiano, cardiothoracic surgeon, talks about developing customized atrial fibrillation treatment procedures for individual afib patients, both by surgical maze procedure and catheter ablation. Learn more and see the video:  Dr. Damiano on Customized Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

Video of Atrial Fibrillation Surgical Maze Procedure Evolution and Future

A newly-posted video from an evening presentation by Dr. James Edgerton at Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium 2009 provides a rare glimpse into the evolution of atrial fibrillation surgery, including the mini maze procedure, and gives a peek at its future as well. See video from actual afib surgeries. Learn more and see the video:  Dr. […]

New Findings About Atrial Fibrillation and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

In news from Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium 2009, Mellanie True Hills heard some startling new information about atrial fibrillation and obstructive sleep apnea. She interviewed ablation pioneer Dr. Warren (Sonny) Jackman on video about those findings. Read: Noted Electrophysiologist and Ablation Pioneer Discusses New Findings About Afib and Obstructive Sleep Apnea