Roundtable Discussion – Redefining the Standard for Atrial Fibrillation Treatment: A Patient-centric Approach

Published: 05 March 2020

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This roundtable event features a former atrial fibrillation (AF) patient and a group of leading electrophysiologists in a discussion moderated by Prof. Richard Schilling, British Heart Rhythm Society President.

The topics addressed included the following:

  • AF patient expectations for treatment
  • Risks and benefits associated with AF ablation compared to AAD therapy
  • The role of AF management guidelines in improving the standard of care delivered to patients
  • Measuring and tracking outcomes that matter to patients
  • The ideal AF patient pathway


Faculty: Prof Richard Schilling, Prof Helmut Pürerfellner, Prof Carina Blomström-Lundqvist, and AF patient Alex White


This round table discussion is associated with the European Cardiology Review article 'Redefining the Standard for Atrial Fibrillation: A Patient-centric Report'.

Learning Objectives

  • Who should be referred for an AF ablation, what to expect, and what outcomes tend to matter most to AF patients
  • The benefits of AF ablation vs. AAD therapy
  • The latest evidence influencing AF management guidelines
  • The ideal AF patient pathway now and going forward
  • AF progression and the benefits associated with early detection and treatment

Target Audience

  • The presentation recordings primarily target general practitioners, AF patients, hospital administrators, and healthcare insurance providers. General cardiologists, allied health professionals, and electrophysiologists may also benefit from this content.

More from this programme

Part 1

The threshold for treating AF: why would I pay for it myself?

Part 2

How the latest evidence is influencing ESC AF management guidelines

Part 3

Measuring outcomes that matter to patients

Faculty Biographies

Richard Schilling

Richard Schilling

Consultant Cardiologist

Prof Schilling has been a consultant cardiologist at St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London NHS trust since 2001. He was appointed as chair in cardiology and electrophysiology in 2009. His current practice involves all aspects of electrophysiology and management of cardiac arrhythmia including catheter ablation, implantation of pacemakers and cardiac defibrillators, and cardiac resynchronization therapy for heart failure patients.

Prof Schilling was part of the team that lead the merger of the Heart and Barts hospitals which is one of the largest heart centers in Europe. He is the Strategy Director for Barts Hospital, the Medical Director for the Arrhythmia Alliance and President-Elect for the British Heart Rhythm Society.

Prof Schilling is a member of the AER editorial board.

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Helmut Pürerfellner

Helmut Pürerfellner

Head EP Department

Dr Pürerfellner is Head EP department at Ordensklinikum Linz Elisabethinen.

He is the current International Affairs Coordinator and former Treasurer of EHRA.

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Alex White

AF patient

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