What: Live Demonstration of Remote Atrial Fibrillation Ablation
Who: Michel Haissaguerre, MD, Universit De Bordeaux
Koonlawee Nademanee, MD, Pacific Rim EP Research Institute
Andrea Natale, MD, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Carlo Pappone, MD, PhD, Hospital San Raffaele
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Live case presented at 11:00 a.m. EST
Where: Ballroom West, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA
Background: Radio frequency ablation is a technique used to treat atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder caused by a problem in the conduction of electrical impulses in the upper chambers, or atria, of the heart. In ablation, one or more flexible, thin tubes (catheters) are guided via x-ray into the blood vessels and directed to the heart muscle. A burst of radiofrequency energy destroys very small areas of tissue that give rise to abnormal electrical signals. The technique being presented as part of this certified medical education (CME) course uses a computer to control a magnetic field that remotely moves the catheter tip into position.
Clinical research has shown that computer directed magnets can provide more precise catheter control and may carry less risk of complications from surgery.
HEART RHYTHM 2006 takes place May 17-20 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston. The meeting is the most comprehensive educational
Contact: Rachael Lille Moore