Convergent Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation: Advanced Understanding and Practical Discussion
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.
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.
This webinar is supported by:
Data and patient selection
Fundamentals of the procedure
How to setup a convergent AF ablation program
moderated by Dr Blaauw
- 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
Dr Yuri Blaauw is an Electrophysiologist at the University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.
Dr Syed Ahsan is a Consultant Cardiologist, Barts Heart Centre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, UK
Dr Riyaz Kaba is Consultant Cardiologist, St George's Hospital, London, UK.
Dr Felix Yang, MD, FACC, FHRS, CCDS is Associate Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Director of the Lead Extraction Service at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Dr Yang completed his medical school, internship and residency training at Cornell (NY Presbyterian Hospital). Dr Yang has published numerous articles in leading journals and presented his research at professional societies. He is a member of several professional organizations and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society. He is also a Certified Cardiac Device Specialist as designated by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners.