login
  Password reminder
Cardiac Rhythm News
Contact the editor Visit Cardiac Rhythm News Twitter feed Visit Cardiac Rhythm News Facebook page
 

Convergent procedure building support for interdisciplinary approach to atrial fibrillation


Tuesday, 05 Jun 2012 15:37
Borut Gersak
Borut Gersak


nContact has announced that an article was recently published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology chronicles the development of an new interdisciplinary approach for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, the convergent procedure, and illustrates the strong success of the site’s programme. Outcomes were determined by the most stringent methodology, 24-hour loop recorders, which demonstrated unparalleled success in this patient cohort. Physician reaction to the paper has been positive.


Lead author of the paper, Borut Gersak, chief of Cardiac Surgery, University Medical Center, Ljubljana, Slovenia, said: “This paper may be reviewed in hindsight as a pivotal paper in determining the true standard for success of an ablation procedure. The paper documents the evolution of a closed chest, truly minimally invasive interdisciplinary procedure, the Convergent Procedure, its early challenges and lessons learned, the protocols developed to improve and insure clinical safety, and the successful patient experience as monitored by a continuous loop recorder, Medtronic’s Reveal XT. The convergent procedure has proven itself under today’s most stringent monitoring standards, and sets a new and higher standard for clinical and patient outcome success.”

Kenneth Civello, cardiac electrophysiologist, Our Lady Of The Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, said: “The data is impressive, and the results are consistent with results we have obtained utilizing the Convergent Procedure in our hospital, and abstracts presented at Boston AF Symposium and the Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions (HRS). This is important because the procedure can be standardised to obtain consistent results among a variety of sites. The results with patients in sinus rhythm off anti-arrhythmic drugs (AADs) of 74% are even more impressive because 94% of the patients were persistent or long standing persistent patients. HRS defines catheter outcome success as ’freedom from AF and off AADs at 40%’ for persistent patients and 30% for long standing persistent patients.”

Paul Mounsey, chief of Electrophysiology, University of North Carolina Hospital, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, said: “This is an important paper because the Convergent Procedure addresses atrial fibrillation in a scientific manner by addressing both endocardial and epicardial substrates in a comprehensive anatomic approach. Its success can be related back to the large body of literature on lesion patterns, lesion completeness, substrate activation, anatomical remodeling, atrial stretch, and atrial function. This is not a potential magical silver bullet, but rather the use of an increasingly relevant and rapidly growing ablation technology to augment existing strategies.”

 




Add New Comment

Most popular


FDA approves Attain Performa quadripolar lead and Viva Quad CRT-Ds
Thursday, 07 Aug 2014
Medtronic has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the Attain Performa Model 4298 quadripolar lead, and the Viva Quad XT and Viva Quad S cardiac resynchronisation therapy ... FDA approves Attain Performa quadripolar lead and Viva Quad CRT-Ds

Joint consensus on antithrombotic use in AF patients with acute coronary syndrome published
Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014
A new European joint consensus document on the use of antithrombotic drugs in patients with atrial fibrillation presenting with an acute coronary syndrome and undergoing percutaneous coronary ... Joint consensus on antithrombotic use in AF patients with acute coronary syndrome published

The incidence of sudden death in heart transplant patients has not improved over the last three decades
Friday, 01 Aug 2014
A first, large multicentre study in the United States has found that despite the advances in clinical management strategies after heart transplantation, there has not been an improvement in the ... The incidence of sudden death in heart transplant patients has not improved over the last three decades

Features


Antithrombotic therapy after left atrial appendage closure
Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014
Uncertainty exists about the optimal post-interventional antithrombotic drug regimen as well as treatment duration after left atrial appendage closure; Boris Schmidt and KR Julian Chun review ... Antithrombotic therapy after left atrial appendage closure

Transseptal endocardial CRT: An evolving approach for heart failure patients
Friday, 29 Aug 2014
Néstor López Cabanillas and Elencwajg Benjamin from Buenos Aires, Argentina, write about two similar novel techniques for cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) implantation, currently used in some ... Transseptal endocardial CRT: An evolving approach for heart failure patients

Profiles


Nick Linker
Monday, 14 Jul 2014
Nick Linker is president-elect of the British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS) and programme director of ... Nick Linker

Richard Fogel
Thursday, 08 May 2014
Richard Fogel, president-elect of the Heart Rhythm Society and chief executive officer at St V... Richard Fogel

Cardiac Rhythm News Vascular News Cardiovascular News Interventional News Spinal News NeuroNews
BIBA Medical BIBA MedTech Insights CX Symposium ilegx
 
Password Reminder

BIBA Medical, 526 Fulham Road, Fulham, London, SW6 5NR.
TEL: +44 (0)20 7736 8788 FAX: +44 (0)20 7736 8283 EMAIL: 
info@bibamedical.com
© BIBA Medical Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 2944429.
VAT registration number 730 6811 50.
Site Map | Terms and Conditions