Atrial Fibrillation

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, also referred to as AF or afib. AF is a cardiac arrhythmia caused by irregular and often rapid heart rate. It is caused by the upper chambers (the atria) beating irregularly and uncoordinated with the lower  ventricle chambers of of the heart. Symptoms include weakness with heart palpitations and shortness of breath. The conditional can lead to an increased risk of stroke and heart failure. AF episodes can cause the blood in the atria to stagnate and form clots, usually within the left atrial appendage (LAA). The clots can flow to the brain and cause a stroke. Treatments include anticoagulation therapy to dissolve clots, catheter or surgical ablation and LAA occlusion

The Philips KODEX-EPD EP Mapping System Has New Imaging and Workflow Enhancements to aid electrophysiologists improve atrial fibrillation ablations.
News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | September 14, 2020
September 14, 2020 — Philips Healthcare released new imaging and workflow enhancements for its novel Kodex-EPD cardiac...
Biosense Webster's Carto Prime Mapping Module offers new tools to help shorten ablation time. Left is an example of Coherent imaging showing conduction identification, conduction velocity vectors and conduction barrier zones. Top right, Carto Finder Module automatic visualization of region of interest. Below right, LAT Hybrid imaging, showing correct identification of PVC location based on catheter location in sinus rhythm, and automated visualization of PVC points.

Biosense Webster's Carto Prime Mapping Module offers new tools to help shorten ablation time. Left is an example of Coherent imaging showing conduction identification, conduction velocity vectors and conduction barrier zones. Top right, Carto Finder Module automatic visualization of region of interest. Below right, LAT Hybrid imaging, showing correct identification of PVC location based on catheter location in sinus rhythm, and automated visualization of PVC points.

News | EP Lab | September 03, 2020
September 3, 2020 – Biosense Webster launched its Carto 3 System Version 7 and the Carto Prime Mapping Module to...
Boston Scientific recently introduced the newst iteration of LAA occluder device, the Watchman FLX. It uses small spikes to help better anchor the device and prevent embolization.

Boston Scientific recently introduced the newst iteration of LAA occluder device, the Watchman FLX. It uses small spikes to help better anchor the device and prevent embolization. Read more on this FDA approval.

News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | August 21, 2020
August 21, 2020 — According to a report published by Research Dive, the rising number of patients suffering from atrial...
News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | August 17, 2020
August 17, 2020 — A Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute physician was the first electrophyiologist in...
The Conformal Medical CLAAS device, a next-generation transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA) closure occluder for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). LAA occlusion allows AFib patients to go off of life-long anticoagulation therapy. #LAA #LAAC

The Conformal Medical CLAAS device, a next-generation transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA) closure occluder for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). LAA occlusion allows AFib patients to go off of life-long anticoagulation therapy.

News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | August 06, 2020
August 6, 2020 – Conformal Medical Inc. announced it secured $85 million in Series C financing to support the company’s...
The TactiFlex PAF investigational device exemption (IDE) study will evaluate he investigational TactiFlex Ablation Catheter, Sensor Enabled (SE) to treat people suffering from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). 

The TactiFlex PAF investigational device exemption (IDE) study will evaluate he investigational TactiFlex Ablation Catheter, Sensor Enabled (SE) to treat people suffering from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). 

News | Atrial Fibrillation | August 04, 2020
August 4, 2020 — Abbott announced the first enrollments in the TactiFlex PAF  investigational device exemption (IDE)...
Videos | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | July 24, 2020
Devi G. Nair, M.D., FHRS, director of cardiac electrophysiology, St. Bernards Heart and Vascular Center, Jonesboro, Ark...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Boston Scientific's next generation Watchman FLX Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Device.
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | July 22, 2020
July 22, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Boston Scientific's next generation Watchman...
The Linq II implantable cardiac monitor (ICM) system delivers improved device longevity compared to other ICMs and enhanced accuracy to correctly detect abnormal heart rhythms, simplifying the diagnosis and monitoring of patients. The new devices allows continuous cardiac monitoring for up to 4.5 years.

The Linq II implantable cardiac monitor (ICM) system delivers improved device longevity compared to other ICMs and enhanced accuracy to correctly detect abnormal heart rhythms, simplifying the diagnosis and monitoring of patients. The new devices allows continuous cardiac monitoring for up to 4.5 years.

News | Implantable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) | July 07, 2020
July 7, 2020 – Medtronic announced it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and European CE mark...
Videos | HRS | May 22, 2020
Interview with Andrew D. Krahn, M.D., FHRS, head of the division of cardiology at St. Paul’s Hospital, and professor of...
HRS 2020 Late-Breaking Clinical Trials in Electrophyiology
Feature | HRS | May 20, 2020
May 20, 2020 — Here is the complete list of late-breaking clinical trials (LBCT)  and links to articles on all of them...
he Actus AcQMap EP 3-D mapping catheter used  to speed  electromapping and procedure times.

he Actus AcQMap EP 3-D mapping catheter used  to speed  electromapping and procedure times.

News | EP Lab | May 20, 2020
May 20, 2020 — Acutus Medical and Biotronik announced a new alliance to provide a comprehensive portfolio of...
PREDICT-AF trial showed first time there is extensive extracellular matrix remodeling. #HRS2020 #Heartrhythm2020. Marilyn Fornell
News | Atrial Fibrillation | May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020 — Structural changes of the atrium may occur long before the onset of atrial fibrillation (AF), and the...
Results of the Atrial Fibrosis Predicts Recurrent Stroke Or New Atrial Fibrillation In Patients With Embolic Stroke Of Undetermined Source - A Multi-Center Study at HRS 2020. #HRS2020 #Heartrhythm2020,
News | Atrial Fibrillation | May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020 — Atrial disease has been implicated in embolic stroke of undetermined source (ESUS) and a late-breaking...
Contact Force Sensing Catheter Improved Outcomes in Persistent Atrial Fibrillation Ablation. #HRS2020 #heartrhythm2020
News | Atrial Fibrillation | May 13, 2020
May 13, 2020 — The PRECEPT study testing the use of the Biosense Webster Thermocool Smarttouch SF Catheter for the...