This CME-accredited virtual symposium will combine presentations from leading practitioners, discussions, and procedural videos to look at the latest data, patient selection, fundamentals of the procedure and the set-up of a convergent AF programme.
The cornerstone of atrial fibrillation (AF) is electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins (PV). In patients with non-paroxysmal AF, PV isolation alone is insufficient and one needs to modify the atrial arrhythmogenic substrate. AF ablation is now a common procedure and mostly performed using a transvenous, endocardial approach with catheters. For patients with persistent AF however, this procedure is not sufficient.
There is a growing movement towards a convergent procedure management strategy, used alongside standard catheterisation techniques to optimise patient outcomes. More and more research suggests that an integrated approach involving multidisciplinary teams (of electrophysiologists and surgeons) may lead to improved success rates and increased patient satisfaction.
Convergent procedure is a promising therapy for patients’ refractory to standard AF treatment, however the approach involves some challenges that require specific attention from the medical specialities involved. Whilst a relatively new way of working for both EPs and surgeons, the benefits and best ways of implementing this in clinical practice are still largely unknown.
This programme is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from AtriCure. The scientific programme has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.
Endorsed by the British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS), this programme has been accredited by the European Board of Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) for 1 hour of External CME credits.
- Discuss the need for optimal approaches to atrial ablation and identify patients for whom a convergent procedure approach is indicated
- Describe the convergent procedure and the role of electrophysiologist and surgeon
- Discuss current clinical understanding of the convergent procedure including emerging data and the role of the left atrial appendage in ablation
- Introduction (Dr Blaauw)
- Data and patient selection (Dr Ahsan)
- Fundamentals of the procedure (Dr Yang)
- How to setup a convergent AF ablation program (Dr Kaba)
- Panel Discussion (moderated by Dr Blaauw)
Dr Yuri Blaauw (Moderator) Electrophysiologist, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
Dr Syed Ahsan Consultant Cardiologist, Barts Heart Centre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, UK
Dr Riyaz Kaba Consultant Cardiologist, St George's Hospital, London, UK
Dr Felix Yang Associate Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Maimonides Medical Center, NY, US
This virtual symposium is accredited by EBAC: