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Cryoballoon Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation in Octogenarians

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AF is a common and clinically impactful arrhythmia. Given both the association of AF with aging and the increasing number of elderly people in the general population, it follows that many AF patients are of advanced age.

Hybrid Catheter-Based and Surgical Techniques for Ablation of Ventricular Arrhythmias

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Catheter-based ablation has been a well-established tool in the treatment of ventricular tachycardia (VT). However, the effectiveness of catheter ablation may be limited by its ability to access sites of arrhythmogenic tissue and achieve adequate lesion size in target areas without risking collateral damage. Antiarrhythmic surgery would be an effective alternative in such situations.

Applications of Machine Learning in Cardiac Electrophysiology

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has recently become a popular term in the technological world. AI refers to the simulation of human intelligence with the capacity for achieving goals within computers. Machine learning (ML) – a subtype of AI – refers to a statistical model that is able to independently learn to make inferences on new data based on data it has previously analysed.

Atrial Myopathy Underlying Atrial Fibrillation

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AF is the most common sustained cardiac rhythm disturbance.1 Worldwide, there is an estimated 33.5 million people with AF as of 2010.2 While there are multiple estimates, the yearly incidence in the US is expected to grow, for example, from 1.2 million cases in 2010 to 2.6 million cases in 2030 and upwards of 6–12 million cases by 2050.1,3 It is associated with increased morbidity and mortality4 and diminished qualit

Atrial Tachycardias After Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: How to Manage?

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AF is the most common clinical arrhythmia that causes severe adverse cardiovascular events, such as ischaemic stroke and acute heart failure.1 Triggers from the pulmonary vein (PV) have been identified as crucial ectopic sources that initiate AF and pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is the cornerstone for catheter ablation of AF.2,3 Per the European and US AF guidelines, catheter ablation of AF is currently recommended as the first-line therapy if anti-arrhythmic agents fail to mainta

The Human Atrioventricular Node: Oedipus and the Riddle of the Sphinx

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Cardiac pathologists and electrophysiologists have studied the atrioventricular (AV) node for more than 100 years, since 1906, when Tawara first described the inferior extensions of the AV node in the human heart.1 Still, this important cardiac structure remains “a riddle wrapped up in a mystery, inside an enigma”, to recall the famous Churchill quotation.

AER Volume 9 Issue 2 Summer 2020

Dr Demosthenes G Katritsis and the Editorial Board present Volume 9 Issue 2 of Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology Review.

This issue comprises a range of review articles focused on current topical issues in Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. Highlights include Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion: A View From the UK by Ding and Gupta; The Convergent AF Ablation Procedure: Evolution of a Multidisciplinary Approach to AF Management by Yang et al; and Hybrid Catheter-Based and Surgical Techniques for Ablation of Ventricular Arrhythmias by Killu et al.

Asia Pacific Online Symposium on Cardiac Rhythm Management

Asia Pacific Online Symposium on Cardiac Rhythm Management

Current and Future Considerations for Maximizing Outcomes in CRT Patients

 
 
 

Please join us for our upcoming online symposium, part of the APHRS Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy Webinar Series, focused on key topics related to maximizing outcomes in CRT patients. We’ll hear from experts from across the Asia Pacific region as they review the latest guidance related to heart failure pharmacological management, share challenging CRT cases, and discuss the role of device optimization in improving CRT response. With increasing experience and interest in alternative pacing approaches, we’ll also review the current data and discuss what impact these therapies may have in the future management of this patient group.

  • Understand the latest guidance related to heart failure pharmacological management, and its role in the overall management of heart failure patients
  • Hear experts share challenging CRT cases and discuss recommended approaches to manage these clinical situations and maximize patient outcomes
  • Learn how device optimization can improve CRT response including recommendations for clinic workflow
  • Discuss the current data on alternative pacing approaches and the future impact on the management of heart failure patients

Cardiologists and allied health professionals who manage heart failure patients.

 

Prof Shu Zhang
Fuwai Hospital, Beijing

 

Prof Andrew McGavigan
Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide

 

Prof Andrew Sindone
Concord Hospital, Sydney

 

Dr Swee-Chong Seow
National University Heart Centre, Singapore

 

Dr David O'Donnell
GenesisCare, Melbourne

 

Dr Aparna Jaswal
Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi

 

 
 

This webinar is part of the APHRS Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy Webinar Series and is supported by Abbott.

Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion: A View From the UK

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AF is associated with an increased risk of thromboembolic events.1,2 Risk scores are used to identify patients at high risk of such complications who may benefit from anticoagulation therapy.3 However, despite a broad range of anticoagulant options and improved uptake in anticoagulation over the past decade, there are limitations to this approach.

Ultrasound-guided Axillary Vein Puncture in Cardiac Lead Implantation: Time to Move to a New Standard Access?

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Cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs), including permanent pacemakers (PPMs), ICD and CRT devices, are the mainstream therapy for many potentially lethal heart conditions, such as advanced atrioventricular block or sustained ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. CIEDs can be implanted through endovascular or epicardial routes, with the former used the most because it is less invasive and provides better pacing thresholds.1–3

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