Is Atrial Fibrillation Necessary? The Most Important Study Presented at the Heart Rhythm Society 2014 Scientific Sessions

Most diseases have a turning point, a time when things begin to change.

What follows is a report on what I believe may be (pardon the big word) an inflection point in the way we think about the most common heart-rhythm disorder.

Dr Rajeev Pathak, an electrophysiology fellow in the laboratory of Prof Prashanthan Sanders in Adelaide, Australia, gave the presentation. It happened late in the afternoon, in a small room, nestled into a back corner of the massive convention hall. Even though this paper won the prestigious Eric Prystowsky award for outstanding clinical science, there were no press releases, no simultaneous publications, and nearly no attendees in the small room. Session chair Dr Francis Marchlinski(University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia) remarked that it “was too bad more people weren’t here to hear this.”

Here’s my recap of the Aggressive Risk Factor Reduction Study-Implications for Ablation Outcomes (ARREST-AF) trial[1]:”

Read more about the most important study presented at the Heart Rhythm Society 2014 Scientific Sessions.

Is Atrial Fibrillation Necessary? The Most Important Study Presented at the Heart Rhythm Society 2014 Scientific Sessions 
theheart.org on Medscape, 2014-05-11

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