Afib Ablation Works, Knowledge Gaps Persist
SAN FRANCISCO — The use of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation has skyrocketed in the last few years, and for good reason. It works, as far as studies have shown, but more studies are needed to fill in crucial knowledge gaps, according to a presentation here.
Endoscopic Laser Balloon Ablates Afib
SAN FRANCISCO — Using a visually-guided laser balloon catheter, researchers achieved a high rate of persistent pulmonary vein isolation in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.
No Need to Stop Anticoagulants for Device Implants
SAN FRANCISCO — Avoiding a break in anticoagulation for cardiac device implantation may be safe for high-risk patients and get them home sooner with fewer complications, a single-center registry suggested.
Novel SubQ ICD Holds Up in Practice
SAN FRANCISCO — A novel cardioverter-defibrillator implanted just beneath the skin without the traditional lead wires into the heart remains promising even after longer clinical experience, Dutch researchers reported.