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AF Symposium 2015

My In-depth Reports Written for Patients

by Steve S. Ryan, PhD

From Dr. Jeremy Ruskin of Mass. General Hospital and Harvard Medical School:

“Steve Ryan’s summaries of the A-Fib Symposium are terrific. Steve has the ability to synthesize and communicate accurately in clear and simple terms the essence of complex subjects. This is an exceptional skill and a great service to patients with atrial fibrillation.”

Note: My most recent reports are listed first.

15.Critical Analysis of the FIRM Mapping SystemDr. Ravi Mandapati of Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CANov. 20, 2015
14.AFACART Clinical Trial: Preliminary Results of the CardioInsight—ECVUE System in Multiple CentersPr. Sebastian Knecht from CHU Brugmann, Brussels, (now AZ Sint Jan, Brugge), BelgiumJuly 16, 2015
13.Persistent A-Fib: Insights into Finding Additional Drivers May Shorten Ablation Procedures with Fewer LesionsDr. Pierre Jais of the French Bordeaux/LIRYC groupJuly 14, 2015
12.The Changing Ablation World: Going Beyond PVI With ECGI Mapping and Ablation TechniquesProf. Michel Haissaguerre, Central Hospital University of Bordeaux, FranceMay 27, 2015
11.Leaving Patients in A-Fib Doubles Risk of Dementia—The Case for Catheter AblationDr. John Day of the Intermountain Heart Institute, Murray, UTMay 25, 2015
10.Risks of Cerebral Lesions & Cognitive Impairment: Living With A-Fib More Dangerous Than Having An AblationDr. Josef Kautzner of the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Prague, Czech RepublicMay 24, 2015
9.AHA/ACC/HRS Treatment Guideline Changes: The Term “Lone” A-Fib is No Longer UsefulDr. Hugh Calkins Johns Hopkins Un., Baltimore, MD May 24, 2015
8.Preventing TIA/stroke During an AblationDr. Luigi Di Biase of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NYApr 29, 2015
7.The Risk of Pulmonary Vein Stenosis in A-Fib AblationDr. Douglas Packer of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MNApr 29, 2015
6.Silent A-Fib More Dangerous Than Symptomatic A-FibDr. John Camm St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London, England Apr 23, 2015
5.Should the Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) be Removed in Patients With A-Fib?Dr. Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy from the Un. of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, MO Feb 27, 2015
4.Obesity Produces Fibrosis, But Getting Lean Reverses Fibrosis (in Sheep)Dr. Prashanthan Sanders from Royal Adelaide Hospital in AustraliaFeb 27, 2015
3.The “Virtual Heart” Computerized SimulationDr. Natalia Trayanova, Johns Hopkins Un., Baltimore, MDFeb 26, 2015
2.Getting FDA Approval for the Watchman DeviceDr. Vivek Reddy of Mount Sinai Hospital  Feb 26, 2015
1.All Anticoagulants Cause BleedingDr. Peter Kowey of Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA Feb 24, 2015

I am most grateful to MediFore Limited which published the AF Symposium News each day and in particular to Editor-in-Chief Peter Stevenson and Editors Rysia Burmicz and Alastair McQueen for their excellent articles. 

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Last updated: Sunday, January 10, 2016

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