May 11th, 2015
This week’s topics include a comparison of catheter ablation for persistent AF, left atrial appendage exclusion with the Lariat device, the obesity paradox in type 2 diabetes, and more.
February 5th, 2014
The Value of Imaging Atrial Tissue Fibrosis in Patients Who Undergo Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation
Nassir F. Marrouche, lead author of the DECAAF study, discusses the use of delayed-enhancement MRI to identify atrial tissue fibrosis in patients who undergo catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.
October 24th, 2011
An 11-year-old boy presents with palpitations. He has no family history of heart disease and is asymptomatic while playing competitive sports. His cardiac physical examination is normal, but his ECG (shown below) shows a Wolff-Parkinson-White pattern with a short PR interval and delta waves. A systematic echocardiogram reveals normal LV function, normal atrioventricular valves, and […]
July 28th, 2011
Guest blogger John Mandrola shares a clinical anecdote that gets to the heart of the matter on this delicate issue.
January 5th, 2011
Long-term results after catheter ablation for AF are decidedly mixed, according to the longest study yet to follow patients after the procedure. In a report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Rukshen Weerasooriya and colleagues followed 100 patients treated at a French hospital for 5 years. After a single procedure, the rates of arrhythmia-free survival […]