2017 AF Symposium LIVE VIDEO: Can Adding Fibrosis Improve Ablation Success?
Updated March 9: We added two new slides comparing the patient’s initial and subsequent DE-MRI images.
Report 13 from 2107 AF Symposium: In a live ablation from from Mass. General Hospital in Boston, Drs. Heist and Van Houzen demonstrated a pioneering strategy to treat Atrial Fibrillation patients with patchy fibrotic areas of tissue. This tissue perpetuates A-Fib.
First, a DE-MRI scan defines and measures the heart’s areas of fibrosis. Next, the doctors ablated (or filled in) these patchy areas with more fibrosis (i.e., ablation scarring) turning the patchy areas into dense fibrotic areas. Transforming patchy fibrotic tissue to dense fibrotic tissue stops A-Fib signals from perpetuating in that tissue.
It may seem counter-intuitive―create more fibrosis to make patients A-Fib free. Read more about this innovative strategy.