Hybrid Ablation – AF and Beyond

Published: 25 April 2023

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Under the expert moderation of Prof Harry Crijns (Maastricht, NL), a leading international faculty comprising Prof Carlo de Asmundis (Brussels, BE), Prof Mark La Meir (Brussels, BE) and Dr Ashley Nisbet (Bristol, UK) examine which arrhythmias could benefit from a hybrid approach, review the practical implementation of hybrid ablation in IST, and consider learnings from persistent and long-standing AF.


With the applications of hybrid ablation stretching beyond the traditional AF core, this insightful programme (recorded at EHRA 2023 in Barcelona) is both evidence-based and practical with case studies demonstrating real-world applications. The session also considers the knowledge and team composition requirements to enhance effectiveness when administering the hybrid procedure for optimal long-term patient outcomes.


This programme is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from AtriCure, Inc.



More from this programme

Part 1

Chair’s Welcome & Which Arrhythmias Could Benefit From a Hybrid Approach?

In this chapter, programme Chair Prof Harry Crijns introduces proceedings before Prof Carlo de Asmundis considers the arrhythmias that could best benefit from a hybrid approach, including IST, POTS, Brugada Syndrome, and endocardial ablation.

Part 2

Hybrid Ablation in IST: A Case Study

In this chapter, Prof Mark La Meir considers hybrid ablation in IST in a real-world case setting, with focus on personnel, devices used, procedural success and long-term patient outcomes.

Part 3

What Can We Learn From Persistent and Long-standing Persistent AF?

Dr Ashley Nisbet considers the clinical evidence for hybrid ablation (including the convergent procedure), and reviews real-world data regarding the convergent procedure's effectiveness and consistency with CONVERGE results.


Faculty Biographies

Mark La Meir

Mark La Meir

Mark La Meir is Professor and Head of the Department Cardiac Surgery at the University Hospital Brussels, Belgium, and consultant at the Maastricht University Medical Center, The Netherlands. 

He received his medical degree from Free University Brussels, and his surgical degree in 1998 from the same institution. Prof La Meir received his PhD on Hybrid treatment of atrial fibrillation from the Maastricht University Medical Center in 2012. His key specialties include minimally invasive coronary surgery, heart rhythm surgery, cardiac mapping and ablation procedures, atrial fibrillation surgery, and ventricular rhythm problems.

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