I’ve written and posted three short reports from the recent HEART TEAM: 2016 Multidisciplinary Arrhythmia Meeting (MAM) held in Zurich, Switzerland:
♥ MAM 2016: Moving A-Fib Care to a New Level (Overview)
This is an overview of the first MAM symposium which advocates for a team approach, a Hybrid Surgery/Ablation, in which EPs and surgeons work together on difficult A-Fib cases.
♥ Transcript: My Challenge to Doctors Treating A-Fib Patients – My MAM Speech
As the only patient invited to speak, you may want to read the speech I gave to over 200 EPs and surgeons sharing the patient’s point-of-view.
♥ Fantastic Experience of the Heart, or Why we were wearing 3-D glasses! A presentation by Dr. Joris Ector, from the University of Leuven, Belgium.
The Hybrid Surgery/Ablation is becoming an increasingly important and effective strategy for highly symptomatic patients with persistent atrial fibrillation or longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation who have failed one or two catheter ablations, and for the patient with a significantly enlarged left atrium.
Learn more about Hybrid Surgery/Ablation on our Cox-Maze & Mini-Maze Surgeries Treatments page.
by Steve S. Ryan, PhD
In 1966, the wide-screen movie Fantastic Voyage took viewers inside the human body by injecting a miniaturized submarine, its crew and a surgical team into the carotid artery. Their mission was to break up a clot and save the VIP patient. Traveling through the heart to the brain, reveals a world of dazzling color, a floating wonderland with huge red corpuscles, whirling globules, platelets and particles.
I had that same amazing experience when Dr. Joris Ector presented his incredible 3-D vision of a real heart. Just like when watching the movie, there were involuntary gasps and shocks as you felt what it was like to move through the heart.
And yes, we had to wear 3-D glasses! That’s got to be a first at an A-Fib conference.
Starting with the exterior of a beating heart, Dr. Ector, from the University of Leuven, Belgium, showed every possible 3-D angle.
Next, he peeled away the exterior to reveal the movement of the heart from the inside. Next, he whisked you inside the heart so fast that you almost got dizzy.
Particularly interesting was the trip through the left atrium into the Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) with its trabeculations (thick muscular tissue bands) which looked like columns in close-up.
In some ways, Dr. Ector’s presentation felt more real and comprehensive than watching footage of an actual heart beating. It was an astounding experience (just like watching Fantastic Voyage in 1966). (I wish I had an interior of the 3-D heart to share with you.)
Image credit: Fantastic Voyage movie still from Foresight Institute
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