February 23, 2018

Discussions at Heart Rhythm Society on Whether Catheter Ablation Can Successfully Treat Persistent and Longstanding Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

Catheter ablation in persistent and longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation patients has traditionally had low success rates since many of the triggers causing atrial fibrillation are dispersed throughout the left atrium. Thus isolation of the pulmonary veins, which works well for those with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, is often an incomplete solution for those with persistent forms […]

If Catheter Ablation Reduces Alzheimer’s Disease and Stroke Risk Then Keeping Atrial Fibrillation Patients in Sinus Rhythm May Become the Goal

Findings presented at Heart Rhythm 2010 showed that stopping atrial fibrillation—whether through medication, surgery, or in the case of this study, catheter ablation— could potentially prevent the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and also reduce the risk of stroke and death. Doctors John D. Day, MD, and T. Jared Bunch, MD, at […]