Report 1: Brief Summaries from the 2016 Western AF Symposium
Utah! What a wonderful winter venue for the Ninth Annual Western Atrial Fibrillation Symposium held February 26-27, 2016.
After having just attended the January 2016 AF Symposium in Orlando, FL, I was surprised at how much new, relevant information was provided (sometimes by the same presenters). In all, there were 53 scheduled presentations of 15 minutes each.
My first report includes 9 brief summaries of technical presentations.
Ablation vs Drugs: From AFFIRM to Recent Guidelines
Dr. Eric Prystowsky discussed the now somewhat notorious AFFIRM study which many cardiologist still use to justify keeping A-Fib patients on rate control drugs (and anticoagulants) while leaving them in A-Fib.
But the AFFIRM study was only for 3-5 years. Leaving someone in A-Fib for 20-30-40 years while only trying to keep their heart from beating too fast can have disastrous long-term consequences for A-Fib patients.
To continue reading, go to Report 1: 2016 Western AF Symposium.